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Official OOS Checklist

The official Ohio checklist currently (August 1, 2013) stands at 428 species. Three species - Black-tailed Gull, Fish Crow and Cassin's Sparrow - have been added since the last update; these will be published in an upcoming edition of The Ohio Cardinal.

The checklist follows the nomenclature and taxonomic sequence of the Fifty-Fourth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-List of North American Birds.

ANATIDAE

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
Ross’s Goose Chen rossii
Brant Branta bernicla
Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
American Wigeon Anas americana
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Garganey Anas querquedula
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Black Scoter Melanitta americana
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

ODONTOPHORIDAE

Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

PHASIANIDAE

Gray Partridge Perdix perdix
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus
Greater Prairie-Chicken Tympanuchus cupido
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

GAVIIDAE

Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
Common Loon Gavia immer

PODICIPEDIDAE

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

PROCELLARIIDAE

Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata

HYDROBATIDAE

Leach’s Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

CICONIIDAE

Wood Stork Mycteria americana

FREGATIDAE

Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

SULIDAE

Northern Gannet Morus bassanus

PHALACROCORACIDAE

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

ANHINGIDAE

Anhinga Anhinga anhinga

PELECANIDAE

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

ARDEIDAE

American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

THRESKIORNITHIDAE

White Ibis Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

CATHARTIDAE

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

PANDIONIDAE

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

ACCIPITRIDAE

Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

RALLIDAE

Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis
King Rail Rallus elegans
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Sora Porzana carolina
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
American Coot Fulica americana

GRUIDAE

Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
Whooping Crane Grus americana

RECURVIROSTRIDAE

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

CHARADRIIDAE

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus
Wilson’s Plover Charadrius wilsonia
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

SCOLOPACIDAE

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Sanderling Calidris alba
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calildris subruficollis
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanatos
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius

STERCORARIIDAE

Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus

ALCIDAE

Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle
Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica

LARIDAE

Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea
Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini
Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ross’s Gull Rhodostethia rosea
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
Heermann’s Gull Larus heermanni
Mew Gull Larus canus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
California Gull Larus californicus
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Thayer’s Gull Larus thayeri
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus
Least Tern Sternula antillarum
Large-billed Tern Phaetusa simplex
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus

COLUMBIDAE

Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Passenger Pigeon Ectopistes migratorius
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

CUCULIDAE

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris

TYTONIDAE

Barn Owl Tyto alba

STRIGIDAE

Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Barred Owl Strix varia
Great Gray Owl Strix nebulosa
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus

CAPRIMULGIDAE

Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Chuck-will’s-widow Antrostomus carolinensis
Eastern Whip-poor-will Antrostomus vociferus

APODIDAE

Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis

TROCHILIDAE

Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Allen's Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin
Calliope Hummingbird Selasphorus calliope

ALCEDINIDAE

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

PICIDAE

Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis
Black-backed Woodpecker Picoides arcticus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis

FALCONIDAE

American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Merlin Falco columbarius
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolis
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus

PSITTACIDAE

Carolina Parakeet Conuropsis carolinensis

TYRANNIDAE

Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

LANIIDAE

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor

VIREONIDAE

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
Bell’s Vireo Vireo bellii
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

CORVIDAE

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
Common Raven Corvus corax

ALAUDIDAE

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

HIRUNDINIDAE

Purple Martin Progne subis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

PARIDAE

Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

SITTIDAE

Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla

CERTHIIDAE

Brown Creeper Certhia americana

TROGLODYTIDAE

Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick’s Wren Thryomanes bewickii

POLIOPTILIDAE

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

REGULIDAE

Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

MUSCICAPIDAE

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

TURDIDAE

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides
Townsend’s Solitaire Myadestes townsendi
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

MIMIDAE

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

STURNIDAE

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

MOTACILLIDAE

American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Sprague’s Pipit Anthus spragueii

BOMBYCILLIDAE

Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

CALCARIIDAE

Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
Smith’s Longspur Calcarius pictus
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis

PARULIDAE

Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum
Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
Swainson’s Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii
Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
Mourning Warbler Geothlypis philadelphia
Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosa
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Kirtland’s Warbler Setophaga kirtlandii
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea
Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor
Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
Townsend’s Warbler Setophaga townsendi
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis
Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens

EMBERIZIDAE

Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii
Bachman’s Sparrow Peucaea aestivalis
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
Baird’s Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii
Henslow’s Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii
Le Conte’s Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii
Nelson’s Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Harris’s Sparrow Zonotrichia querula
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

CARDINALIDAE

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Dickcissel Spiza americana

ICTERIDAE

Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Bullock’s Oriole Icterus bullockii
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

FRINGILLIDAE

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea
Hoary Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus

PASSERIDAE

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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