Argyll Bird Checklist

A link to a pdf of the Argyll Checklist is at the bottom of this page – but please read the text first for an explanation of the species status categories.

The Argyll Species List is based on the The Birds of Argyll species list updated with new species which occurred in Argyll since its publication.

As of Jan 2017 the list contains:
• 354 Category A, B & C species (i.e. species on the official British List). However, this includes Red-legged Partridge and Golden Pheasant which were introduced and may never have had self-sustaining populations in Argyll. It also includes 9 Category B species (not recorded since 31 December 1949) including the extinct Great Auk!
• 15 Category D & E species (i.e. introductions and escapes), excluding Feral Pigeon & pelican and flamingo of undetermined species. This includes Rose-ringed Parakeet which is Category C on the British list but does not maintain a self-sustaining population in Argyll.
• It also includes different sub-species (races), where records have been accompanied by a description accepted by the Argyll Bird Records Committee, and a few frequently encountered hybrids (e.g. Carrion/Hooded Crow).
The Gaelic names of Argyll birds are provided where suitable names exist.

Categories of the British List (rev BOURC – Oct 2005)

  • Category A: Species that have been recorded in an apparently natural state at least once since 1 January 1950.
  • Category B: Species that were recorded in an apparently natural state at least once between 1 January 1800 and 31 December 1949. but have not been recorded subsequently.
  • Category C: Species that, although introduced now derive from the resulting self-sustaining populations.
    • C1: Naturalised introduced species – species that have occurred only as a result of introduction.
    • C2: Naturalised established species – species with established populations resulting from introduction by man, but which also occur in an apparently natural state..
    • C3: Naturalised re-established species – species with populations successfully re-established by man in areas of former occurrence.
    • C4: Naturalised feral species – domesticated species with populations established in the wild.
    • C5: Vagrant naturalised species – species from established naturalised populations abroad.
    • C6: Former naturalised species – species formerly placed in C1 whose naturalised population is no longer self-sustaining or are considered extinct.
  • Category D: Species that would otherwise appear in Category A except that there is reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state.
  • Category E: Species that have been recorded as introductions, human-assisted transportees, or escapes from captivity, and whose breeding populations (if any) are thought not to be self-sustaining. Species that have bred in the wild are designated as E*.

Argyll Bird Checklist July 2013