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Texas Accepted Species


Amazon Kingfisher - Webb Co., November 5, 2016 - Barry Noret


There have been 644 bird species officially observed in Texas as of July 1, 2016, as per the Texas Bird Records Committee

To be considered a fully accepted species on the Texas list at least one of the following is required:

  1. An extant specimen identified by a recognized authority together with convincing evidence that the specimen was obtained within Texas.
  2. One or more photographs that clearly demonstrate definitive characters with convincing evidence that the photos were taken within Texas.
  3. An audio recording of a bird vocalization that clearly demonstrates definitive characters with convincing evidence that the recording was made within Texas.

In addition to the above, the record itself must be reviewed and accepted by the TBRC.

All birds designated by "TBRC" in this checklist are links to photo documentation on file with the Texas Bird Records Committee.

Images of Review Species on this website may or may not have been reviewed by the Texas Bird Records Committee. For a full understanding of the status of Review Species, please visit the Texas Bird Records Committee website

The List of Species on this website includes the following status codes:

I = Introduced (6)
RI = Reintroduction in progress - not established (2)
E = Extinct (2)
e = extirpated (1)
u = uncertain origin (stable to increasing populations of introduced/native origin) (2)

Occasionally, the TBRC receives documentation of a bird that is correctly identified, but has questionable provenance. To view recent documentation of Review Species where the natural occurrence was questionable after review, see the "Provenance Questionable" page. 


Amazon Kingfisher Sighting - Cameron Co., November 10, 2013 - Donna McCown. Second U.S. record.