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Species to be referred to Rarities Committees

BQ Rarities Appraisal Committee species list – Updated 2023

Taxonomy follows International Ornithological Congress (IOC) (v13.1)

This is a list of species that the Bird Queensland Rarities Appraisal Committee would like to review. It was last updated in 2023 with a few species removed and several more species added.

Reports should be submitted for any of the following species and, if the species is of National significance (shown in bold in the table), then the report will be referred on to Birdlife Australia’s Rarities Committee (BARC).

Explanatory notes are given at the bottom of this page.

Common name Scientific name BA restrictions subspecies limits
Garganey Spatula querquedula
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata y
Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta y
Uniform Swiftlet Aerodramus vanikorensis y
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift Mearnsia novaeguineae y
House Swift Apus nipalensis y
Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo Urodynamis taitensis y
Orange-fronted Fruit Dove Ptilinopus aurantiifrons y
Orange-bellied Fruit Dove Ptilinopus iozonus y
Collared Imperial Pigeon Ducula mullerii y
Zoe’s Imperial Pigeon Ducula zoeae y
Buff-breasted Buttonquail Turnix olivii
South Island Oystercatcher Haematopus finschi y
Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula y
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Australian Painted-snipe Rostratula australis
Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
Dunlin Calidris alpina y
Swinhoe’s Snipe Gallinago megala
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius y
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes y
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Grey Noddy Anous albivitta
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla y
Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Pacific Gull Larus pacificus
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris y
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus y
Fairy Tern Sternula nereis
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki y
Brown Skua Stercorarius antarcticus
Little Penguin Eudyptula minor
Polynesian Storm Petrel Nesofregetta fuliginosa y
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora
Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca
Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata
Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta ssp cauta and steadi
Salvin’s Albatross Thalassarche salvini
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri ssp bulleri and platei
Leach’s Storm Petrel Hydrobates leucorhous y
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
Blue Petrel Halobaena caerulea
Broad-billed Prion Pachyptila vittata y
Salvin’s Prion Pachyptila salvini
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata nonspec
Slender-billed Prion Pachyptila belcheri nonspec
Kerguelen Petrel Aphrodroma brevirostris
Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis
Herald Petrel Pterodroma heraldica y
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata
Collared Petrel Pterodroma brevipes y
Stejneger’s Petrel Pterodroma longirostris y
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica y
Tropical Shearwater Puffinus bailloni y
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis
Common Diving Petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix
Bulwer’s Petrel Bulweria bulwerii
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis y
Gurney’s Eagle Aquila gurneyi y
Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus
Little Paradise Kingfisher Tanysiptera hydrocharis y
Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii
Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae
Golden-shouldered Parrot Psephotellus chrysopterygius range
Paradise Parrot Psephotellus pulcherrimus
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor
Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis y
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans
Scarlet-chested Parrot Neophema splendida
Purple-crowned Lorikeet Parvipsitta porphyrocephala
Double-eyed Fig Parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
ssp coxeni only (Coxen’s)
Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia
Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus
Rufous Fieldwren Calamanthus campestris
Slaty-backed Thornbill Acanthiza robustirostris
Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta
Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia y
Oriental Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
Singing Starling Aplonis cantoroides Torres
Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus y
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius y
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina y
Red-capped Flowerpecker Dicaeum geelvinkianum y
Star Finch Bathilda ruficauda ruficauda
ssp ruficauda only (Eastern form)
Black-throated Finch Poephila cincta cincta
deg21S ssp cincta only (white-rumped form)
Gouldian Finch Chloebia gouldiae range
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea y

BARC notification

Records in bold indicate species that need to be referred to BARC (Birdlife Australia Rarities Committee). These are also shown with a “y” in the BA column.


The “restrictions” column indicates when the committee requires notification only under a limited set of circumstances

  • “nonspec”: All non-specimen records only
  • “range”: Only if records are outside the known range for the species as defined in The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2020 (Garnett and Baker, 2021)
  • “deg21S” Only report records that are south of 21°S latitude.
  • “Torres”: All Qld records except those from Boigu Island (Malu Kiyay or Malu Kiwai) and Saibai Island (Saybay, Saibe) (i.e. close to PNG mainland)

Subspecies limits

This column indicates when only records from certain subspecies require notification.

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Sahul Sunbird (Cinnyris frenatus) © Vince Bugeja