A Checklist of Texas Birds was first published in 1984. This, the seventh edition of the checklist, continues to provide Texas birders with a quick reference list and accurate status designations so that accidentals, hypotheticals and species new to Texas may be easily noted and carefully documented. The Texas Bird Records Committee (TBRC), of the Texas Ornithological Society, assesses the status of Texas’ avifauna and maintains an accurate listing of the state’s birds. As part of that responsibility, the TBRC maintains a list of rare birds for which it requests and reviews documentation on any report of those species. Thousands of records have been evaluated by the TBRC resulting in a well-documented listing of Texas birds. This checklist matches that of the TBRC with the following exceptions:
1) species accepted by the TBRC as sight records are included here in good standing (these species are not included on the TBRC state list until such time that photographic, specimen, or tape-recorded documentation is acquired);
2) species that have been accepted historically by authorities on Texas birds but which no longer meet the documentation criteria of the TBRC (lost specimens, etc.) are here considered hypothetical and coded with a special designation;
3) species accepted by the committee on bird records of the American Ornithologists’ Union are also included here; and
4) we continue to maintain a small hypothetical list the authors believe may be legitimate to highlight the need for documentation of these species.
PURPOSE This checklist was designed to facilitate data gathering on Texas’ birdlife through the recording of observations by location or in diary fashion. It is revised periodically to keep pace with the increased knowledge of Texas’ avifauna.
A Checklist of Texas Birds is intended to:
1) provide an accurate listing of Texas’ birds in phylogenetic sequence;
2) provide correct spelling and form of both scientific and common names;
3) provide a traveler’s checklist, locale diary or trip-log record;
4) provide an accurate reference list and inventory for conservation workers, students, educators, ecologists and naturalists; and to
5) facilitate documentation and recording of observations and field data.
Common and scientific names and phylogenetic sequence follow The Check-list of North American Birds, 7th edition (A.O.U. 1998) as supplemented.