Review List (Rare Birds)

The following 100 species are on the Official State List but are scarce enough (20 or fewer accepted records) to require that a rare bird report be submitted for any sighting EXCEPT for locations noted in parentheses for a particular species (QLL = quarter-latilong, LL = latilong). The MBRC reviews such records before they can be included in Montana Bird Distribution. Any species not on the Official State List also needs documentation. Species not previously documented in the state will be added to the list only if the MBRC accepts written accounts from two independent observers, or if the record is verified by a photograph or specimen. Please send your completed Rare Bird Report Form and supporting information (e.g., digital photos), if available, as an email attachment to Jeff Marks at

Rare Bird Report Form

Baikal Teal
Tufted Duck
Willow Ptarmigan
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Inca Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern/Mexican Whip-poor-will
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  (no report needed east of 108°W)
Anna’s Hummingbird  (no report needed west of 111°W)
Costa’s Hummingbird
Yellow Rail  (no report needed for LL 12)
Common Gallinule
Snowy Plover
Black Turnstone
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Wood Sandpiper
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Long-billed Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Black-legged Kittiwake
Little Gull
Ross's Gull
Laughing Gull
Heermann's Gull
Western Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Arctic Tern
Yellow-billed Loon
Manx Shearwater
Wood Stork
Least Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Mississippi Kite
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  (no report needed for LLs 9, 10, 11, 12)
White-headed Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  (no report needed for LL 12)
Gray Flycatcher  (no report needed for QLLs 36B, 36D, 37A, 37C, 41C, 41D, 46A, 46B)
Vermilion Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo  (no report needed east of the Continental Divide)
Philadelphia Vireo  (no report needed east of the Continental Divide)
California Scrub-Jay
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren  (no report needed for QLL 9C and LL 12)
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  (no report needed for QLLs 38A, 41C, and 41D)
Gray-cheeked Thrush  (no report needed east of 108°W)
Wood Thrush
Curve-billed Thrasher
Siberian Accentor
Smith’s Longspur
Black-throated Sparrow
Sagebrush Sparrow  (no report needed for QLLs 36B, 36D, 37A, 37C, 41C)
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Meadowlark
Hooded Oriole
Great-tailed Grackle  (no report needed for QLLs 37C and 46A)
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Virginia's Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler  (no report needed east of the Continental Divide)
Blackburnian Warbler  (no report needed east of the Continental Divide)
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler  (no report needed east of 108°W)
Painted Redstart
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak  (no report needed for LL 41)
Painted Bunting