The BOU List of British Birds

This is the current (24th August 2017) British Ornithologist Union (BOU) list of species recorded in Great Britain. There are currently 610 species within Categories A, B and C of the British list. The full versions of the list can be viewed here. Rare species are shown in bold, these are species for which descriptions are required by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC)

Mute Swan
Bewick’s Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose 
Greylag Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose 
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Baikal Teal
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Black Duck
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Red-crested
Pochard
Canvasback
Pochard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Eider
King Eider
Steller’s Eider
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
White-winged Scoter 
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser 
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Quail
Red-legged Partridge
Red Grouse
Ptarmigan
Black Grouse
Capercaillie
Grey Partridge
Pheasant
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Pacific Diver
Great Northern Diver
White-billed Diver
Black-browed Albatross
Yellow-nosed Albatross
Fulmar
Fea’s Petrel
Capped Petrel
Cory’s Shearwater
Scopoli’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Yelkouan Shearwater 
Balearic Shearwater
Macaronesian Shearwater
Wilson’s Petrel
Frigate Petrel
Storm Petrel
Leach’s Petrel
Swinhoe’s Petrel
Red-billed Tropicbird 
Gannet
Red-footed Booby
Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Shag
Ascension Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird
Bittern
American Bittern
Little Bittern
Night-heron
Green Heron
Squacco Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Cattle Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Great Blue Heron
Purple Heron
Black Stork
White Stork
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Pied-billed Grebe
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
White-tailed Eagle
Egyptian Vulture 
Short-toed Eagle
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Northern Harrier
Pallid Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Spotted Eagle
Golden Eagle
Osprey
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Sora Rail
Purple Swamphen
Little Crake
Baillon’s Crake 
Corncrake
Moorhen
Allen’s Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Coot
American Coot 
Crane
Sandhill Crane
Little Bustard
Macqueen’s Bustard 
Great Bustard
Stone-curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Oystercatcher
Grey Plover
Golden Plover
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Dotterel
Killdeer
Semipalmated Plover 
Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Sociable Plover
White-tailed Plover 
Lapwing
Caspian Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Kentish Plover
Upland Sandpiper 
Little Whimbrel
Eskimo Curlew
Hudsonian Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Turnstone
Great Knot
Knot
Ruff
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper 
Curlew Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Long-toed Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Little Stint
White-rumped Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Terek Sandpiper 
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler 
Spotted Redshank
Greater Yellowlegs 
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Jack Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Woodcock
Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Snipe
Collared Pratincole
Oriental Pratincole
Black-winged Pratincole
Cream-coloured Courser 
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Tufted Puffin
Puffin
Long-billed Murrelet 
Black Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Little Auk
Guillemot
Brünnich’s Guillemot
Aleutian Tern
Sooty Tern
Bridled Tern
Little Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern
Cabot’s Tern 
Sandwich Tern
Royal Tern
Lesser Crested Tern 
Forster’s Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Ivory Gull
Sabine’s Gull
Kittiwake
Slender-billed Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Laughing Gull
Franklin’s Gull 
Mediterranean Gull
Audouin’s Gull
Great Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Pallas’s Sandgrouse
Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Rufous Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 
Barn Owl
Scops Owl
Snowy Owl
Hawk Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Tengmalm’s Owl
Nightjar
Red-necked Nightjar
Egyptian Nightjar
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Needle-tailed Swift
Swift
Pallid Swift
Pacific Swift
Alpine Swift
Little Swift
Hoopoe
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Bee-eater
Roller
Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Kestrel
Kestrel
American Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Amur Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Eleonora’s Falcon
Gyr Falcon
Peregrine
Ring-necked Parakeet
Eastern Phoebe
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo 
Red-eyed Vireo
Golden Oriole
Brown Shrike
Isabelline Shrike
Red-backed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Masked Shrike
Chough
Magpie
Jay
Nutcracker
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Penduline Tit 
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Crested Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Bearded Tit
Woodlark
White-winged Lark
Skylark
Crested Lark
Shore Lark
Short-toed Lark
Bimaculated Lark
Calandra Lark
Black Lark 
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Sand Martin
Tree Swallow
Purple Martin
Crag Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow 
Cliff Swallow
Cetti’s Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Green Warbler
Greenish Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Pallas’s Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Hume’s Warbler
Radde’s Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Western Bonelli’s Warbler
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler
Wood Warbler
Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Desert Warbler
Barred Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Western Orphean Warbler 
Rüppell’s Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Moltoni’s Subalpine Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Whitethroat
Spectacled Warbler
Marmora’s Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler
Lanceolated Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
River Warbler
Savi’s Warbler
Thick-billed Warbler
Booted Warbler
Sykes’s Warbler
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Olive-tree Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Aquatic Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Paddyfield Warbler
Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler 
Fan-tailed Warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Waxwing
Wallcreeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Short-toed Treecreeper
Wren
Northern Mockingbird 
Brown Thrasher
Grey Catbird
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Dipper
White’s Thrush
Varied Thrush
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush 
Swainson’s Thrush
Grey-cheeked Thrush
Veery
Siberian Thrush
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Eyebrowed Thrush 
Dusky Thrush
Naumann’s Thrush
Black-throated Thrush
Red-throated Thrush 
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
American Robin
Rufous Bush Chat
Brown Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Robin
Siberian Blue Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
White-throated Robin
Thrush Nightingale 
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Siberian Rubythroat
Red-flanked Bluetail
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Taiga Flycatcher 
Collared Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Black Redstart
Redstart
Moussier’s Redstart
Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush
Whinchat
Siberian Stonechat
Stonechat
Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Desert Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
White-crowned Black Wheatear
Alpine Accentor
Siberian Accentor
Dunnock
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Rock Sparrow
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Richard’s Pipit
Blyth’s Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Olive-backed Pipit
Tree Pipit
Pechora Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Buff-bellied Pipit
Brambling
Chaffinch
Evening Grosbeak
Hawfinch
Common Rosefinch
Pine Grosbeak
Bullfinch
Trumpeter Finch
Greenfinch
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Two-barred Crossbill
Crossbill
Scottish Crossbill
Parrot Crossbill
Goldfinch
Citril Finch
Serin
Siskin
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Towhee
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Bunting
Corn Bunting
Chestnut-eared Bunting
Rock Bunting
Cretzschmar’s Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Yellowhammer
Pine Bunting
Pallas’s Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Yellow-breasted Bunting 
Chestnut Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Little Bunting
Rustic Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
Bobolink
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler 
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Wilson’s Warbler