Rarities Committee

Case files - updated to February 2018

Common name Scientific name Location Date Status
Trumpet Manucode Manucodia keraudrenii Pallarenda; NQ 4 & 6-April-2004 Not accepted - Case 106
Grey Honeyeater Conopophila whitei Glenormiston; SWQ. 14-November-2004 Not accepted - Case 107
Ruff / Reeve Philomachus pugnax Garnet's Lagoon; QLD 29-September-2004 Not accepted - Case 108
Superb Parrot (1) Polytelis swainsonii Karara; SEQ 05-August-2003 Accepted - Case109
Superb Parrot (2) Polytelis swainsonii Greyholm; SEQ 03-September-2005 Accepted - Case 110
Franklin's Gull (4) Larus pipixcan Fraser Island; SEQ 09-May-2005 Accepted - BARC case 468
Pacific Gull (1) Larus pacificus Scarborough; SEQ 09-July-2005 Accepted - Case 112
Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis Kingaroy; SEQ 17-June-2006 Returned for more information
Pacific Gull (2) Larus pacificus Inskip Point; SEQ 22-June-2006 Accepted - Case 114
Pied Heron Egretta picata Garnet's Lagoon; QLD 01-November-2005 Accepted - Case 115
Franklin's Gull (5) Larus pipixcan Jumpinpin Bar, SEQ 27-May-2006 Accepted - Case 116
Buff-breasted Button-quail Turnix olivii Dreghorn Station, 55km SE of Charters Towers 01-August-2008 Awaiting further observations from the area
Westland Black Petrel Procellaria westlandica off Southport, SEQ 19-August-2006 Accepted - BARC case 499
White-necked Petrel (4) Pterodroma cervicalis 30 km east of Southport; SEQ 18-February-2009 Accepted - Case 119
White-necked Petrel (5) Pterodroma cervicalis 5 nautical miles east of Jumpinpin Bar; SEQ 19-February-2009 Accepted - case 120
Grey Wagtail (3) Motacilla cinerea Fraser Island; SEQ 05-December-2006 Accepted - BARC case 511
Long-tailed Cuckoo Eudynamys taitensis Annandale, Townville; NQ 10-January-2007 Not accepted - BARC case 514
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica Newell Beach; NQ 07-January-2009 BARC case
Hybrid duck   Eromanga; ????? 01-March-2008 Returned to observers with recommendations
Brown Skua (2) Stercorarius antarcticus 11 km ENE off Southport; SEQ 16-August-2008 Accepted - Case 125
Grey Ternlet (4) Procelsterna cerulea 7 km ENE off Southport; SEQ 15-December-2007 Accepted - Case 126
White-necked Petrel (6) Pterodroma cervicalis ENE off Southport; SEQ 15-March-2008 Accepted - Case 127
Kelp Gull (2) Larus dominicanus Inskip Point; SEQ 01-February-2009 Accepted - Case 128
Kelp Gull (3) Larus dominicanus Inskip Point; SEQ 14-April-2009 Accepted - Case 129
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis Woorim Lookout 04-August-2009 Not accepted - Case 130
Fairy Tern Sternula nereis Swain Reef 15-July-2009 Accepted - Case 131
White-necked Petrel Pterodroma cervicalis ESE of Southport, SEQ 20-February-2010 Accepted - Case 132
Black-winged Petrel Pterodroma nigripennis ESE of Southport, SEQ 20-February-2010 Accepted - Case 133
Campbell's Albatross Thalassarche impavida 28 nm ENE of Southport 21-June-2008 Accepted - Case 134
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epophora near Lynch's Reef, Great Barrier Reef 25-April-2010 Accepted - Case 135
Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis North Shore, SEQ 15-June-2010 Accepted - Case 136
Arctic Tern Sterna paradise North Shore, SEQ 15-June-2010 Not accepted - Case 137
Light-manted Sooty Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata South Stradbroke Island 25-June-2010 Accepted - Case 138
Spotted Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna guttata Woodford Lagoon, Weipa, CY 18-July-2010 Accepted - Case 139
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor Upper Lockyer. SEQ 07-August-2010 Accepted - Case 140
Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini South Stradbroke Island 25-November-2010 Accepted - Case 141
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus Port of Brisbane, SEQ 24-October-2010 Accepted - Case 142
Grey Ternlet Procelsterna cerulea Lady Elliot Island 4 - 5 Dec 2010 Accepted - Case 143
Spotted Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna guttata Several locations. Cape York April 2007; May and December 2008 Accepted - Cases 145 and 146
Rufous Fieldwren Calamanthus campestris Bulloo Flood-plains 12-August-2009 Accepted - Cases 156
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata Off Mooloolaba 28 December 2012 Accepted - Case 162
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri Off Southport 17 July 2012 Accepted - Case 163
Painted Snipe Rostratula australis Bowra Station 4 October 2011 Accepted - Case 164
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Great Basalt National Park 28 August 2011 Not Accepted - Case 165
Great-billed Heron Ardea Sumatrana Ormeau SEQ 5 October 2012 Accepted - Case 166
Painted Snipe Rostratula australis UQ Campus 24 October 2012 Accepted - Case 167
Painted Snipe Rostratula australis Between Nanango and Linfield 10 October 2010 Accepted - Case 168
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus Bowra Station 24 June 2013 Accepted - Case 169
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea  Inskip Point 2 June 2013 Accepted - Case 170
Pacific Gull Larus pacificus Bribie Island 12 June 2013 Accepted - Case 171
Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrysostoma Bowra Station 8 June 2013 Not accepted - Case 172
Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens Whian Whian Conservation Area 4 May 2013 Not accepted - Case 173
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata Off Southport 16 June 2012 Accepted - Case 174
Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan Lake Barambah 16-Jan-14 Accepted - Case 819
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata off Southport 20-Oct-13 Accepted - Case 176
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata 32.5 nm off Mooloolaba 2-Nov-13 Accepted - Case 177
Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni 32 nm off Mooloolaba 6-Dec-14 Accepted - Case 178
Greenfinch Chloris chloris Sandy Camp Wetlands Reserve; Wynnum North 17-May-15 Accepted - Case 179
Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata 9 nm off Southport 16-Aug-16 Accepted - Case 180
Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri 21 nm and 32 nm off Southport 26-Jul-14 Accepted - Case 181
Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri 23.5 nm ENE of Southport 29-Jun-13 Accepted - Case 182
Campbell albatross Thalassarche impavida 24 nm ENE of Southport 29-Jun-13 Accepted - Case 183
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis 30 km off Mooloolaba 11-Jul-15 Accepted - Case 184
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis 30 km off Mooloolaba 11-Jul-15 Accepted - Case 185
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata 22.5 nm ENE of Southport 28-Jun-15 Accepted - Case 186
Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata 22.5 nm ENE of Southport 28-Jun-15 Accepted - Case 187
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans 23 nm ENE of Southport 28-Jun-15 Accepted - Case 188
Garganey Anas querquedula Saibai Island, Torrest Strait 9-Mar-16 Accepted - Case 189
Buff-breasted Button-quail Turnix olivii     Not accepted - Case 190
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata 30 km off Mooloolaba 19-Oct-16 Under review - Case 191
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea     Under review - Case 192
Brown Skua Stercorarius antarcticus 32 nm east of Mooloolaba 30-Jul-17 Under review - Case 193

BQ Rarities Appraisal Committee species list - Updated 2009

Taxonomy following Christidis and Boles (2008)

The list of species that the Bird Queensland Rarities Appraisal Committee would like to look at has recently been updated with a few species removed and several more species added.

Rare / unusual records reported to Birds Queensland that require a BQ Rarities Appraisal Committee submission will only remain on the Birds Queensland website for four weeks, unless a submission is received by the RAC chairperson within than time. Any record without BQ RAC submission will be removed from the BQ database by the BQ Record Officer.

  Common Name Scientific Name
  Spotted Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna guttata
  Garganey Anas querquedula
  Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove Ducula mullerii
Collared Imperial-Pigeon Ducula mullerii
Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta
Uniform Swiftlet Collocalia vanikorensis
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift Mearnsia novaeguineae
House Swift Apus affinis
  White-bellied Storm-Petrel Fregetta grallaria
  Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans
  Antipodean albatross Diomedea antipodensis
  Gibson's Albatross Diomedea gibsoni
  Shy albatross Thalassarche cauta
  White-capped Albatross Thalassarche steadi
  Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
  Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri
  Southern Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri
  Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca
  Light-mantled Sooty Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata
  Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
Broad-biIled Prion Pachyptila vittata
  Salvin's Prion Pachyptila salvini
  Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata 1
  Slender-billed Prion Pachyptila belcheri 1
  White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica
Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni
Audubons Shearwater Puffinus Iherminieri
  Little Shearwater Puffinis assimilis
Herald Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana
  Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis
  Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata
Cook's Petrel Pterodroma cookii
  White-necked Petrel Pterodroma cervicalis
  Black-winged Petrel Pterodroma nigripennis
  Common Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix
  Little Penguin Eudyptula minor
  Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus
Gurney's Eagle Aquila gurney
South Island Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus finschi
  Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
  Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus
  Australian Painted Snipe Rostratula australis
  Swinhoe's Snipe Gallinago megala
  Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Dunlin Calidris alpine
  Ruff Philomachus pugnax
  Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria
  Buff-breasted Button-quail Turnix olivii
South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki
  Brown Skua Catharacta skua
  Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus
  White Tern Gygis alba
  Grey Ternlet Procelsterna cerulea
  Fairy Tern Sterna nereis
  Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
  Pacific Gull Larus pacificus
  Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus
  Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
  Double-eyed (Coxen's) Fig-Parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
  Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae
  Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor
  Golden-shouldered Parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius 2
  Paradise Parrot Psephotus pulcherrimus
  Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrysostoma
  Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans
  Scarlet-chested Parrot Neophema splendida
Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis
Long-tailed Cuckoo Eudynamys taitensis
  Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus
  Rufous Fieldwren Calamanthus campestris
  Slaty-backed Thornbill Acanthiza robustirostris
  Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta
  Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia
  Yellow Chat (Dawson) Ephthianura crocea macgregori 3
Oriental Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
  Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Singing Starling Aplonis cantoroides
Red-capped Flowerpecker Dicaeum geelvinkianum
  Black-throated Finch (White-rumped form) Poephila cincta cincta 4
  Star Finch (eastern form) Neochmia ruficauda ruficauda
  Gouldian Finch Erythura gouldiae 5
Streak-headed Mannikin Lonchura tristissima
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba

  Records in bold = species that need to be referred to BARC (Birds Australia Rarities Committee).

  1. Sight records only
  2. Records outside known range defined in Action Plan for Golden-Shouldered parrot (Garnett and Gabriel 2000) The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000
  3. Mainland records of this subspecies.
  4. Records south 21°S
  5. Records outside range defined in Action Plan for Gouldian Finch (Garnett and Gabriel 2000)
    The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000
    Birds Australia Rarities Committee (BARC)

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