Status of Species in Iowa

Status KeyThe Iowa Records Committee annually reviews the status of species occurrence in the state by looking at the empirical evidence for the past ten years of information published in Iowa Bird Life and categorizes them as regular (recorded in 7-10 of the last 10 years), casual (recorded in 3-8 of the last 10 years), or accidental (recorded in 0-3 of the last 10 years). In a few instances the committee may take significant recent data or accepted knowledge to classify differently than what a simple count may indicate, especially since a year of published information runs nearly a full calendar year behind. This table reviews the published occurrence data.

The most recent fully published year is 2020.
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SpeciesYears RecordedCurrent Status
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck6R
Fulvous Whistling-Duck1A
Snow Goose10R
Ross's Goose10R
Greater White-fronted Goose10R
Taiga Bean-Goose0A
Brant1A
Cackling Goose10R
Canada Goose10R
Mute Swan10R
Trumpeter Swan10R
Tundra Swan10R
Wood Duck10R
Garganey0A
Blue-winged Teal10R
Cinnamon Teal10R
Northern Shoveler10R
Gadwall10R
Eurasian Wigeon1A
American Wigeon10R
Mallard10R
American Black Duck10R
Mottled Duck5C
Northern Pintail10R
Green-winged Teal10R
Canvasback10R
Redhead10R
Ring-necked Duck10R
Greater Scaup10R
Lesser Scaup10R
King Eider0A
Common Eider0A
Harlequin Duck5C
Surf Scoter10R
White-winged Scoter10R
Black Scoter10R
Long-tailed Duck10R
Bufflehead10R
Common Goldeneye10R
Barrow's Goldeneye3A
Hooded Merganser10R
Common Merganser10R
Red-breasted Merganser10R
Ruddy Duck10R
Northern Bobwhite10R
Wild Turkey10R
Ruffed Grouse7R
Sharp-tailed Grouse0X
Greater Prairie-Chicken4A
Gray Partridge10R
Ring-necked Pheasant10R
Pied-billed Grebe10R
Horned Grebe10R
Red-necked Grebe10R
Eared Grebe10R
Western Grebe10R
Clark's Grebe0A
Rock Pigeon10R
Eurasian Collared-Dove10R
Inca Dove1A
Common Ground Dove0A
White-winged Dove10R
Mourning Dove10R
Groove-billed Ani0A
Yellow-billed Cuckoo10R
Black-billed Cuckoo10R
Common Nighthawk10R
Chuck-will's-widow10R
Eastern Whip-poor-will10R
Chimney Swift10R
Mexican Violetear0A
Ruby-throated Hummingbird10R
Anna's Hummingbird1A
Rufous Hummingbird6C
Broad-billed Hummingbird1A
King Rail6C
Virginia Rail10R
Sora10R
Common Gallinule10R
American Coot10R
Purple Gallinule0A
Yellow Rail8R
Black Rail2A
Sandhill Crane10R
Whooping Crane2A
Black-necked Stilt10R
American Avocet10R
Black-bellied Plover10R
American Golden-Plover10R
Killdeer10R
Semipalmated Plover10R
Piping Plover10R
Snowy Plover3A
Upland Sandpiper10R
Whimbrel8R
Long-billed Curlew0A
Bar-tailed Godwit1A
Hudsonian Godwit10R
Marbled Godwit10R
Ruddy Turnstone10R
Red Knot5C
Ruff6C
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper1A
Stilt Sandpiper10R
Curlew Sandpiper1A
Sanderling10R
Dunlin10R
Baird's Sandpiper10R
Least Sandpiper10R
White-rumped Sandpiper10R
Buff-breasted Sandpiper10R
Pectoral Sandpiper10R
Semipalmated Sandpiper10R
Western Sandpiper10R
Short-billed Dowitcher10R
Long-billed Dowitcher10R
American Woodcock10R
Wilson's Snipe10R
Spotted Sandpiper10R
Solitary Sandpiper10R
Lesser Yellowlegs10R
Willet10R
Greater Yellowlegs10R
Wilson's Phalarope10R
Red-necked Phalarope10R
Red Phalarope3C
Pomarine Jaeger1A
Parasitic Jaeger4C
Long-tailed Jaeger1A
Thick-billed Murre0A
Long-billed Murrelet0A
Ancient Murrelet0A
Black-legged Kittiwake7R
Ivory Gull0A
Sabine's Gull10R
Bonaparte's Gull10R
Black-headed Gull2A
Little Gull5C
Ross's Gull1A
Laughing Gull9R
Franklin's Gull10R
Black-tailed Gull0A
Heermann's Gull1A
Short-billed Gull1A
Ring-billed Gull10R
California Gull8C
Herring Gull10R
Iceland Gull10R
Lesser Black-backed Gull10R
Slaty-backed Gull1A
Glaucous-winged Gull1A
Glaucous Gull10R
Great Black-backed Gull10C
Least Tern10R
Caspian Tern10R
Black Tern10R
Common Tern10R
Arctic Tern2A
Forster's Tern10R
Royal Tern0A
Red-throated Loon10R
Pacific Loon10R
Common Loon10R
Yellow-billed Loon3A
Wood Stork1A
Magnificent Frigatebird0A
Brown Booby1A
Anhinga0A
Double-crested Cormorant10R
Neotropic Cormorant9R
American White Pelican10R
Brown Pelican2A
American Bittern10R
Least Bittern10R
Great Blue Heron10R
Great Egret10R
Snowy Egret10R
Little Blue Heron6C
Tricolored Heron0A
Reddish Egret0A
Cattle Egret10R
Green Heron10R
Black-crowned Night-Heron10R
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron10R
White Ibis1A
Glossy Ibis9R
White-faced Ibis10R
Roseate Spoonbill4C
Black Vulture3C
Turkey Vulture10R
Osprey10R
White-tailed Kite2A
Swallow-tailed Kite5C
Golden Eagle10R
Northern Harrier10R
Sharp-shinned Hawk10R
Cooper's Hawk10R
Northern Goshawk10R
Bald Eagle10R
Mississippi Kite10R
Red-shouldered Hawk10R
Broad-winged Hawk10R
Swainson's Hawk10R
Red-tailed Hawk10R
Rough-legged Hawk10R
Ferruginous Hawk6C
Barn Owl10R
Eastern Screech-Owl10R
Great Horned Owl10R
Snowy Owl10R
Northern Hawk Owl0A
Burrowing Owl6C
Barred Owl10R
Great Gray Owl0A
Long-eared Owl10R
Short-eared Owl10R
Boreal Owl0A
Northern Saw-whet Owl10R
Belted Kingfisher10R
Lewis's Woodpecker1A
Red-headed Woodpecker10R
Acorn Woodpecker0A
Red-bellied Woodpecker10R
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker10R
Red-breasted Sapsucker0A
Black-backed Woodpecker0A
Downy Woodpecker10R
Hairy Woodpecker10R
Northern Flicker10R
Pileated Woodpecker10R
Crested Caracara0A
American Kestrel10R
Merlin10R
Gyrfalcon5C
Peregrine Falcon10R
Prairie Falcon10R
Great Crested Flycatcher10R
Western Kingbird10R
Eastern Kingbird10R
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher7R
Fork-tailed Flycatcher0A
Olive-sided Flycatcher10R
Western Wood-Pewee0A
Eastern Wood-Pewee10R
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher10R
Acadian Flycatcher10R
Alder Flycatcher10R
Willow Flycatcher10R
Least Flycatcher10R
"Western" Flycatcher0A
Eastern Phoebe10R
Say's Phoebe5C
Vermilion Flycatcher1A
White-eyed Vireo10R
Bell's Vireo10R
Yellow-throated Vireo10R
Blue-headed Vireo10R
Philadelphia Vireo10R
Warbling Vireo10R
Red-eyed Vireo10R
Loggerhead Shrike10R
Northern Shrike10R
Canada Jay0A
Pinyon Jay0A
Blue Jay10R
Clark's Nutcracker1A
Black-billed Magpie6C
American Crow10R
Fish Crow6C
Common Raven3A
Black-capped Chickadee10R
Boreal Chickadee0A
Tufted Titmouse10R
Horned Lark10R
Bank Swallow10R
Tree Swallow10R
Violet-green Swallow0A
Northern Rough-winged Swallow10R
Purple Martin10R
Barn Swallow10R
Cliff Swallow10R
Cave Swallow0A
Ruby-crowned Kinglet10R
Golden-crowned Kinglet10R
Bohemian Waxwing9R
Cedar Waxwing10R
Red-breasted Nuthatch10R
White-breasted Nuthatch10R
Pygmy Nuthatch0A
Brown Creeper10R
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher10R
Rock Wren3C
House Wren10R
Pacific Wren0A
Winter Wren10R
Sedge Wren10R
Marsh Wren10R
Carolina Wren10R
Bewick's Wren8R
Gray Catbird10R
Curve-billed Thrasher2A
Brown Thrasher10R
Sage Thrasher1A
Northern Mockingbird10R
European Starling10R
Eastern Bluebird10R
Mountain Bluebird6C
Townsend's Solitaire10R
Veery10R
Gray-cheeked Thrush10R
Swainson's Thrush10R
Hermit Thrush10R
Wood Thrush10R
American Robin10R
Varied Thrush7C
House Sparrow10R
Eurasian Tree Sparrow10R
American Pipit10R
Sprague's Pipit4C
Brambling1A
Evening Grosbeak3A
Pine Grosbeak3A
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch0A
House Finch10R
Purple Finch10R
Common Redpoll10R
Hoary Redpoll4C
Red Crossbill9R
White-winged Crossbill9R
Pine Siskin10R
Lesser Goldfinch1A
American Goldfinch10R
Lapland Longspur10R
Chestnut-collared Longspur0A
Smith's Longspur10R
Snow Bunting10R
Grasshopper Sparrow10R
Black-throated Sparrow0A
Lark Sparrow10R
Lark Bunting3A
Chipping Sparrow10R
Clay-colored Sparrow10R
Field Sparrow10R
Fox Sparrow10R
American Tree Sparrow10R
Dark-eyed Junco10R
White-crowned Sparrow10R
Golden-crowned Sparrow0A
Harris's Sparrow10R
White-throated Sparrow10R
Vesper Sparrow10R
LeConte's Sparrow10R
Nelson's Sparrow10R
Baird's Sparrow0A
Henslow's Sparrow10R
Savannah Sparrow10R
Song Sparrow10R
Lincoln's Sparrow10R
Swamp Sparrow10R
Green-tailed Towhee1A
Spotted Towhee10R
Eastern Towhee10R
Yellow-breasted Chat10R
Yellow-headed Blackbird10R
Bobolink10R
Eastern Meadowlark10R
Western Meadowlark10R
Orchard Oriole10R
Hooded Oriole1A
Bullock's Oriole3A
Baltimore Oriole10R
Scott's Oriole0A
Red-winged Blackbird10R
Brown-headed Cowbird10R
Rusty Blackbird10R
Brewer's Blackbird10R
Common Grackle10R
Great-tailed Grackle10R
Ovenbird10R
Worm-eating Warbler10R
Louisiana Waterthrush10R
Northern Waterthrush10R
Golden-winged Warbler10R
Blue-winged Warbler10R
Black-and-white Warbler10R
Prothonotary Warbler1R
Swainson's Warbler0A
Tennessee Warbler10R
Orange-crowned Warbler10R
Nashville Warbler10R
Connecticut Warbler10R
MacGillivray's Warbler0A
Mourning Warbler10R
Kentucky Warbler10R
Common Yellowthroat10R
Hooded Warbler10R
American Redstart10R
Cape May Warbler10R
Cerulean Warbler10R
Northern Parula10R
Magnolia Warbler10R
Bay-breasted Warbler10R
Blackburnian Warbler10R
Yellow Warbler10R
Chestnut-sided Warbler10R
Blackpoll Warbler10R
Black-throated Blue Warbler10R
Palm Warbler10R
Pine Warbler10R
Yellow-rumped Warbler10R
Yellow-throated Warbler10R
Prairie Warbler6C
Black-throated Gray Warbler0A
Townsend's Warbler1A
Black-throated Green Warbler10R
Canada Warbler10R
Wilson's Warbler10R
Summer Tanager10R
Scarlet Tanager10R
Western Tanager7C
Northern Cardinal10R
Rose-breasted Grosbeak10R
Black-headed Grosbeak3C
Blue Grosbeak10R
Lazuli Bunting7R
Indigo Bunting10R
Painted Bunting7C
Dickcissel10R