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Annual Reports

Each year, the committee publishes an annual report in the Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society detailing the decisions on all species reviewed during that year. NOTE: the species taxonomy and sequence used in each Annual Report follows the AOU Checklist (plus Supplements) in force at that time. See minutes for the minutes to our Annual Meetings.

  • The 2012 Annual Report officially added 2 new species to the Texas State List: Double-toothed Kite and Nutting's Flycatcher. This brings the total species count at the end of 2012 to 638 species in good standing.
  • The 2011 Annual Report did not add any new species to the Texas State List, therefore the total species count at the end of 2011 remained at 636 species in good standing.
  • The 2010 Annual Report offically added 3 new species to the Texas State List: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Amazon Kingfisher and the split of Whip-poor-will into Eastern Whip-poor-will and Mexican Whip-poor-will. After TBRC review one species was removed: Wilson's Storm-Petrel. This brings the total species count at the end of 2010 to 636 species in good standing.
  • The 2009 Annual Report did not add any new species to the Texas State List, therefore the total species count at the end of 2009 remained at 634 species in good standing.
  • The 2008 Annual Report officially added 2 new species to the Texas State List: Yellow-legged Gull and White-crested Elaenia. This brings the total species count at the end of 2008 to 634 species in good standing.
  • The 2007 Annual Report officially added 3 new species to the Texas State List: Common Eider, Barred Antshrike, and Fan-tailed Warbler. This brings the total species count at the end of 2007 to 632 species in good standing.
  • The 2006 Annual Report officially added 1 new species to the Texas State List: Pacific Golden-Plover, and removed one species: Yellow-footed Gull. This brings the total species count at the end of 2006 to 629 species in good standing.
  • The 2005 Annual Report officially added 1 new species to the Texas State List and elevated one from the Presumptive List: Streak-backed Oriole and Social Flycatcher respectively. This brings the total species count at the end of 2005 to 629 species in good standing.
  • The 2004 Annual Report officially added 4 species to the Texas state list: Cackling Goose, South Polar Skua, Glaucous-winged Gull, and Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush. This brings the total species count at the end of 2004 to 627 species in good standing.
  • The 2003 Annual Report officially added 1 species to the Texas state list: Gyrfalcon. This brings the total species count at the end of 2003 to 623 species in good standing.
  • The 2002 Annual Report officially added 2 species to the Texas state list: Spotted Redshank and Black-crested Titmouse. This brings the total species count at the end of 2002 to 622 species in good standing.
  • The 2001 Annual Report did not add any new species to the official Texas state list.
  • The 2000 Annual Report officially added 2 species to the Texas state list: Buff-breasted Flycatcher and Blue Mockingbird. This brings the total species count at the end of 2000 to 620 species in good standing.
  • The 1999 Annual Report officially added 5 species to the Texas state list: Stejneger’s Petrel, King Eider, Black-tailed Gull, Yellow-footed Gull, and Piratic Flycatcher. This brings the total species count at the end of 1999 to 618 species in good standing.
  • The 1998 Annual Report officially added 7 species to the Texas state list: Black-capped Petrel, Arctic Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Dark-billed Cuckoo, and Red-Breasted Sapsucker; Berylline Hummingbird and Slate-throated Redstart were elevated to the Main List from the Presumptive list (and Black Swift was added to the Presumptive list). This brings the total species count at the end of 1998 to 613 species in good standing.

  • The 1997 Annual Report officially added 9 species to the Texas state list, 2 of which resulted from the split of Solitary Vireo (into Blue-headed, Plumbeous, and Cassin's Vireos). Records of Red-necked Stint, Kelp Gull, Roseate Tern, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Stygian Owl, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, and Flame-colored Tanager were accepted as new additions to the state list while Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow was removed from the state list, bringing the total species count at the end of 1997 to 606 species in good standing.

  • The 1996 Annual Report officially added 5 species to the Texas state list, 3 of which resulted from splits of Rufous-sided Towhee (Eastern Towhee and Spotted Towhee), Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow), and Northern Oriole (Baltimore Oriole and Bullock's Oriole). Records of Black-capped Chickadee and Northern Wheatear were accepted as new additions to the state list bringing the total species count at the end of 1996 to 598 species in good standing.

  • The 1995 Annual Report officially added 3 species to the Texas state list: Collared Forest-Falcon, Green Parakeet, and Red-crowned Parrot. Green Parakeet and Red-crowned Parrot were added since it was agreed that populations of these two species in the Lower Rio Grande Valley met the strict criteria for well-established species, whether as a result of natural occurrence, introduction, or both. These additions brought the total species count at the end of 1995 to 593 species in good standing. During 1995 the committee also accepted a photographic record of "Common" Teal, the Palearctic race of Green-winged Teal, which was added to the newly-created Review List B for recognizable subspecies.

  • The 1994 Annual Report did not add any new species to the official Texas state list. However, the committee did accept a sight record of Crescent-chested Warbler. This previously unrecorded species constituted a new addition to the Presumptive Species List. The total species count at the end of 1994 remained at 590 species in good standing, while the Presumptive Species List comprises 5 species.

  • The 1993 Annual Report officially added 6 species to the Texas state list: Red-necked Grebe, Collared Plover, Wandering Tattler, Slaty-backed Gull, Green-breasted Mango(replacing "Anthracothorax species hummingbird"), and Olive Warbler. These additions brought the total species count at the end of 1993 to 590 species in good standing.

  • The 1992 Annual Report officially adds 3 species to the Texas state list: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Tufted Flycatcher, and Bohemian Waxwing. The latter species was elevated from the Presumptive Species List (see end of report) when photographs were recently uncovered and the submitted record was accepted. During 1992, the committee also accepted a sight record of Berylline Hummingbird. As a result, this previously unrecorded species constituted a new addition to the Presumptive Species List. The above actions brought the official Texas state list at the end of 1992 to 585 species in good standing. And with the removal of Bohemian Waxwing and the addition of Berylline Hummingbird, the official Presumptive Species List remained at 4 species.

  • The 1991 Annual Report report officially adds 8 species to the Texas state list: White-chinned Petrel, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Monk Parakeet, Masked Tityra, White-throated Robin, Yellow-faced Grassquit, and Shiny Cowbird. The TBRC had previously voted to add Monk Parakeet since it was agreed that several populations of this species in Texas meet the strict criteria for well-established introduced species. At its annual meeting in February 1991, the TBRC voted to remove Antillean Crested Hummingbird from the state list since questions continue to abound on the origin of the 1967 specimen. Red-necked Grebe and Bohemian Waxwing were placed on the newly-formed Presumptive Species List (see Lasley 1991), thus removing them from the official state list until a photograph or specimen is obtained for at least one record. During 1991, the committee also voted to add White-crowned Pigeon and Slate-throated Redstart as new presumptive species. The above actions brought the official Texas state list at the end of 1991 to 582 species in good standing and the Presumptive Species List to 4 species.

  • The 1990 Annual Report officially adds five species to the Texas state list: Trumpeter Swan, Short-tailed Hawk, Anthracothorax species hummingbird, Black Catbird and Gray Silky-flycatcher. In addition, the TBRC (at its annual meeting in March, 1990) voted to officially accept historical records of Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet as extinct species in Texas; these two species had not previously ever been listed on the state list. The committee also voted not to accept the 1876 reports of Rufous-tailed Hummingbird in Texas (since no specimen, photo, or accepted description exists) thus deleting that species from the Texas list. These actions brought the official Texas state list to 577 species in good standing at the end of 1990.
  • The 1989 Annual Report officially added three species to the Texas state list: Yellow-billed Loon, Bridled Tern, and Greenish Elaenia. These actions brought the Texas state list to 571 species in good standing at the end of 1989.

  • The 1988 Annual Report officially added eight species to the Texas state list: Glossy Ibis, Muscovy Duck, Crane Hawk, Mew Gull, Mottled Owl, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Yellow-eyed Junco, and Lawrence's Goldfinch. The TBRC also reviewed the only previously accepted record of Arctic Tern for the state when the record was questioned by several persons. After review, the TBRC voted to not accept the record thus deleting that species from the official state list. These actions brought the state list to 568 species at the end of 1988.

  • The 1987 Annual Report officially added Western Gull and Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher to the Texas Checklist, bringing the state total to 561 species at the end of 1987.





Annual Meeting Minutes

In addition to producing annual reports, the committee is responsible for holding annual meetings. Minutes of these meetings are available online for the following years:


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