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A Birder's Preliminary Life List

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Published : May 24th, 2018
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My list, 20 years on. The photo shows two pair of Harlequin Ducks. As is typical in the bird world, the males are the more striking. The females need to be fairly drab, to hide on the nest, while the colourful males distract predators and other potential threats.

I will update this list as I identify new species.

Species; Place                               


Avocet, American; Alberta                                 

Barbet, Coppersmith; Thailand                         

Bee-eater, Blue-throated; Thailand                             

Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed; Thailand                                   

Bee-Eater, Green; Thailand                                

Bittern, American; New Brunswick                  

Bittern, Cinnamon; Burma                                 

Blackbird, Brewer’s; Alberta                              

Blackbird, Common; England/Ireland             

Blackbird, Red-winged; Alberta                        

Blackbird,Rusty; Alberta                         

Blackbird, Yellow-headed; Alberta                               

Black-headed Grosbeak; Alberta                                  

Bluebird, Asian Fairy; Thailand                          

Bluebird, Mountain; Alberta                  

Bufflehead;  Alberta                                 

Bulbul, Black-crested; Thailand                         

Bulbul, Block; Thailand                            

Bulbul, Flavescent; Thailand                               

Bulbul, Mountain;  Thailand                               

Bulbul, Red-whiskered; Thailand                                  

Bulbul, Sooty-headed; Thailand                        

Bulbul, Streak-eared; Thailand                          

Bulbul, Yellow-vented; Thailand           

Bullfinch; England/Ireland          

Bunting, Reed; Ireland                 

Bushchat,Grey; Thailand                        

Bushchat, Indochinese; Thailand                                  

Bushchat, Pied; Thailand                         

Bush-Robin, Orange-flanked; Thailand                                   

Buttonquail, Barred; Thailand                           

Buzzard, Common; England/Ireland/Thailand

Buzzard, Turkey; British Columbia       

Canvasback; North America                  

Cardinal; New York

Catbird, Gray; Alberta                             

Chaffinch; England/Ireland                    

Chickadee, Black-capped; North America

Chickadee, Boreal; Alberta, British Columbia

Chickadee, Mountain; Alberta                          

Cisticola, Zitting; Thailand                       

Citrine Wagtail; Burma                            

Coot; England/Ireland                 

Coot, American; Alberta, British Columbia   

Cormorant; England/Ireland/Alberta  

Cormorant, Little; Burma                                   

Cormorant, Double-crested; Alberta                          

Cormorant, Pelagic; British Columbia             

Cormorant,  Indian; Burma                                

Coucal, Greater; Thailand                                   

Coucal, Lesser; Thailand                          

Cowbird Brown-headed; Alberta                                 

Cowbird, Bronzed; North America                  

Crag Martin, Dusky; Thailand                            

Crane, Sandhill; British Columbia                     

Crane, Whooping; Alberta                                 

Creeper,Brown; Alberta                         

Crossbill, White-winged; Alberta                                  

Crow, American; Alberta                        

Crow, Carrion; England/Ireland            

Crow, Hooded; England/Ireland                       

Crow, Northwest; British Columbia                 

Cuckooshrike,Indochinese; Thailand                          

Dove, Collared; England/Ireland                      

Dove, Emerald; Thailand                         

Dove, Little Cuckoo; Thailand                            

Dove, Mourning; North America                      

Dove, Peaceful; Thailand                        

Dove, Red-collared; Thailand                            

Dove, Rock; North America                   

Dove, Spotted; Thailand                         

Dowitcher, Long-Billed; Alberta                        

Drongo, Black; Thailand                          

Drongo, Bronzed; Thailand                                

Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed; Thailand                               

Drongo, Hair-crested; Thailand                        

Drongo, Lesser Racket-Tailed; Thailand                                  

Duck, American Black; North America            

Duck,Lesser Whistling; Thailand                                  

Duck, Ring-necked; New Brunswick                

Duck, Ruddy; British Columbia              

Duck, Tufted; England/Ireland              

Duck, Wood; Alberta                               

Duck, Harlequin; Alberta

Dunnock; Ireland                          

Eagle, Bald; Alberta                                  

Eagle, Golden; British Columbia            

Egret, Cattle; Burma                                 

Egret, Intermediate; Burma                               

Egret, Little; Thailand                               

Eider; England/Ireland                 

Falcon, Peregrine; Alberta                                  

Falcon, Prairie; Alberta                            

Falcon, White-rumped; Thailand                                  

Fantail, Pied; Thailand                             

Fantail, White-throated; Thailand                                

Fantail, Yellow-bellied; Thailand                                   

Finch, Blue; England/Ireland                  

Finch, Cassin’s; British Columbia                       

Finch, House; British Columbia             

Finch, Purple; British Columbia             

Flameback, Common; Thailand                        

Flicker, Northern; Alberta                                  

Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed; Thailand                                

Flycatcher,   Little Pied; Burma                          

Flycatcher,Blue; Thailand                                   

Flycatcher, Least; Alberta                                   

Flycatcher, Slaty-backed; Thailand                              

Flycatcher, Snowy-browed; Burma                             

Flycatcher-Shrike, Bar-winged; Thailand                               

Forktail, Slaty-backed; Thailand                                   

Forktail, White-crowned; Thailand                              

Fox Sparrow; British Columbia              

Francolin, Chinese; Thailand                              

Fulvetta, Grey-cheeked; Thailand                                

Fulvetta, Rufous-winged; Thailand                              

Gadwall; Alberta                           

Godwit, Black-tailed; England/Ireland            

Godwit, Marbled; Alberta                                  

Goldeneye, Barrow’s; North America            

Goldeneye, Common; Alberta                           

Goldfinch, American; Alberta                            

Goose, Canada; North America            

Goose, Greater White-fronted; British Columbia                

Goose,Snow; North America                

Grackle, Common; Alberta                                 

Grebe,Eared; Alberta                              

Grebe,Little; Thailand                              

Grebe, Pied-billed; Alberta/Ireland                  

Grebe, Red-necked; Alberta                              

Grebe, Red-throated; Alberta                           

Grebe, Western; Alberta                         

Greenfinch; England/Ireland                 

Grosbeak,Evening; Alberta, New Brunswick

Grosbeak,Yellow; Alberta                                  

Grouse, Ruffed; Alberta                          

Grouse,Sage; North America                

Grouse, Sharp-tailed; Alberta                            

Grouse, Spruce; British Columbia                     

Gull, Brown-headed; Burma                              

Gull, Black-headed; England/Ireland               

Gull, Bonaparte’s; Alberta

Gull, Common (Mew Gull); Ireland                              

Gull, Franklin; Alberta                              

Gull, Herring; North America

Gull, Lesser Black-backed; Ireland                                

Gull, Ring-billed; Alberta                         

Gull, Western; British Columbia            

Gyrfalcon; Alberta                        

Harrier, Northern; Alberta                                 

Hawk, Ferruginous; Alberta                               

Hawk, Red-tailed; Alberta                                  

Hawk, Swainson’s; Alberta                                

Hawk-Eagle,Changeable; Thailand                              

Heron, Great Blue; Alberta                                 

Heron,Grey; England/Ireland               

Heron, Indian Pond; Burma                               

Heron, Little ; Thailand                             

Hobby, Eurasian; Thailand                                 

Honey-buzzard, Oriental; Thailand                             

Hummingbird, Black-chinned; British Columbia                  

Hummingbird, Calliope; British Columbia                  

Hummingbird, Rufous; British Columbia                    

Ibis, White-faced; Alberta                                   

Jacana, Bronze-winged; Thailand                                 

Jackdaw; England/Ireland                      

Jay, Eurasian; England/Ireland              

Jay, Blue; Alberta                          

Jay, Canada; Alberta                                

Jay, Stellar’s ; British Columbia              

Junco, Darkeyed; Alberta                                   

Junglefowl, Red; Thailand                                 

Kestrel; England/Ireland             

Kestrel, American; Alberta                                 

Killdeer; Alberta                             

Kingbird, Eastern; Alberta                                  

Kingbird, Western; Alberta                                

Kingfisher, Belted; Alberta                                 

Kingfisher, Black-capped; Thailand                              

Kingfisher, Blyth’s; Thailand                               

Kingfisher, White-throated; Thailand                          

Kite, Black; Burma                         

Lapwing; England/Ireland                      

Lapwing, Red-wattled; Thailand                                   

Lapwing, River; Burma                            

Lark, Horned; Alberta

Laughing-thrush, Chestnut-crowned; Thailand

Loon, Common; Alberta                          

Magpie Robin,Oriental; Thailand                                 

Magpie, Black-billed; Alberta                             

Magpie,Red-billed Blue; Burma                        

Malkoha, Green-billed; Thailand                                  

Mallard; North America              

Martin, Common; Ireland

Martin,Plain; Thailand                            

Martin, Purple; Alberta                           

Martin,Sand; Thailand                            

Meadowlark, Western; Alberta                        

Merganser, Common; North America            

Merganser,Hooded; Alberta                             

Merganser, Red-breasted; Alberta                              

Merlin; Alberta                              

Minivet, Scarlet; Thailand           

Moorhen, Common; Thailand/England/Ireland

Munia , Scaley-breasted; Thailand                               

Munia, Black-headed; Thailand                        

Munia, Chestnut-tailed; Thailand                                 

Munia, White-rumped; Thailand                                  

Myna, Common; Thailand                                  

Myna, Golden-crested; Thailand                                  

Myna, Hill; Thailand                                 

Myna, White Vented; Thailand                         

Night-heron, Black-crowned; Alberta                         

Nutcracker, Clark’s; North America                

Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied; Thailand                          

Nuthatch, Red-breasted; Alberta                                 

Nuthatch, White-breasted; Alberta                             

Openbill, Asian; Thailand                        

Oriole, Baltimore; Alberta                                  

Owl, BrownWood; Thailand                             

Owl, Barn; Thailand, Alberta                             

Owl, Great Horned; North America                 

Owl, Horned; Alberta                              

Owl, Long-eared; Ireland                        

Owl, OrientalScops; Thailand

Owl, Pygmy; Alberta                                

Owl, Short-eared; Alberta                                  

Owl, Northern Pygmy; North America                       

Owlet , Asian Barred; Thailand                          

Partridge, Gray; UK/Ireland                               

Partridge, Rufous-throated; Thailand                         

Peacock; Alberta                           

Pelican, American White; Alberta                                

Pewee, Western Wood; Alberta                                   

Phalarope, Red-necked; Alberta                                   

Phalarope, Wilson’s; Alberta                             

Pheasant, Common; England/Ireland/Alberta         

Pheasant, Ring-necked; North America                      

Phoebe, Eastern; New Brunswick

Pigeon, Feral; Ireland/England/Canada          

Pigeon, Wood; England/Ireland           

Pintail, Northern; Alberta                                   

Pipit, Paddyfield; Thailand

Pipit, Meadow; Ireland                

Plover, Black-bellied; Alberta                            

Plover, Semipalmated; Alberta 

Pochard, Common; Ireland                    

Pond Heron, Chinese; Thailand                         

Prinia, Grey-Breasted; Thailand                        

Prinia, Plain; Thailand                              

Prinia, Yellow-bellied; Thailand                         

Quail, California; British Columbia                   

Quail, Franklin’s; North America                      

Raven, Common; Alberta                                   

Redhead; Alberta                          

Redpoll, Common; Alberta                                 

Redshank; Burma                          

Red-throated Flycatcher; Thailand                              

Robin; England/Ireland               

Robin, American; Alberta                                   

Robin, White-tailed; Thailand                            

Rock Thrush, Chestnut-bellied; Thailand                                

Roller, Indian; Thailand                           

Rook; England/Ireland                 

Rosy-Finch, Grey-crowned; British Columbia                      

Sanderling; Alberta                                   

Sandpiper, Baird’s; Alberta                                

Sandpiper, Common; England/Ireland                       

Sandpiper, Green; England/Ireland                 

Sandpiper, Pectoral; Alberta                             

Sandpiper, Semipalmated; Alberta                              

Sandpiper,Solitary; Alberta                               

Sandpiper, Spotted; Alberta                              

Sandpiper, Stilt; Alberta                          

Sandpiper, Western; British Columbia            

Sapsucker, Red-naped; Alberta                        

Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied; Alberta                               

Scaup, Greater; British Columbia                     

Scaup, Lesser; Alberta                             

Scimitar Babbler, White-browed; Thailand                           

Scoter,Surf; British Columbia                

Serpent-Eagle,Crested; Thailand          

Shag, European; Ireland             

Shama, White-rumped; Thailand                                 

Shearwater, Flesh-Footed; British Columbia 

Shearwater, New Zealand; British Columbia             

Shearwater,Sooty; British Columbia               

Shelduck, Common; England/Ireland             

Shelduck, Ruddy; Burma                        

Shortwing, White-browed; Thailand                           

Shoveler; England/Ireland                      

Shoveler, Northern; Alberta                              

Shrike, Brown; Thailand                          

Shrike, Burmese; Thailand                                  

Shrike, Long-tailed; Thailand                             

Shrike, Northern; Alberta                                   

Sibia, Dark-backed; Thailand                             

Sibia, Rufous-backed; Thailand                         

Sisken, Eurasian; Ireland                         

Sisken, Pine; Alberta

Snipe, Common; North America                       

Sora; Alberta                                 

Sparrow, American Tree; North America                  

Sparrow, Black-chinned; North America                   

Sparrow, Brewer’s; Alberta                               

Sparrow, Chipping ; Alberta                               

Sparrow, Clay-coloured; Alberta                                  

Sparrow, Eurasian Tree; Thailand                                

Sparrow, Gold-crowned; British Columbia                

Sparrow,House; North America, Burma       

Sparrow, LeConte’s; Alberta                              

Sparrow, Plain-backed; Thailand                                 

Sparrow, Savannah; Alberta                             

Sparrow,Song; Alberta               

Sparrow, Tree; Thailand                         

Sparrow,Vesper; Alberta                                   

Sparrow, White-crowned; Alberta

Sparrow, White-throated; Alberta                              

Spiderhunter, Little; Thailand                            

Starling, Black-collared; Thailand                                 

Starling, Chestnut-tailed; Thailand                               

Starling, European; Alberta                                

Stilt, Black-necked; Alberta                                

Stilt, Black-winged; Thailand                              

Stonechat, Common; Thailand, Ireland                      

Sunbird, Mrs. Gould’s; Thailand                                   

Sunbird, Olive-backed; Thailand                                  

Sunbird, Crimson; Thailand                                

Sunbird, Green-tailed; Thailand            

Sunbird, Purple; Thailand                                   

Sunbird, Ruby-cheeked; Thailand                                

Swallow; England/Ireland                      

Swallow, Bank; Alberta                           

Swallow, Barn; Alberta, Thailand                     

Swallow, Cliff; Alberta                             

Swallow, Red-rumped; Thailand                                  

Swallow, Tree; Alberta

Swallow, Violet Green; British Columbia                    

Swan, Mute; England/Ireland/New Brunswick

Swan, Trumpeter; Alberta                      

Swan, Tundra; Alberta                            

Swift, Asian Palm; Thailand                                

Swift, House; Thailand                             

Tailorbird, Common; Thailand                          

Tanager, Western; Alberta                                 

Teal, Blue-winged; North America                   

Teal, Cinnamon; Alberta                         

Teal, Green-winged; Alberta                              

Tern, Black; Alberta                                  

Tern, Common; Alberta/Thailand                    

Tern, Forster’s; Alberta                           

Thrush, Blue Whistling; Thailand                                  

Thrush, Dusky; Thailand                         

Thrush, Hermit; British Columbia                     

Thrush,Mistle; England/Ireland            

Thrush, Varied; Alberta                           

Thrush, Wood; North America              

Tit, Blue; England/Ireland                       

Tit, Coal; England/Ireland           

Tit, Crested; England/Ireland     

Tit, Great; England/Ireland                     

Tit, Long-Tailed; England/Ireland                     

Tit, Yellow-cheeked; Thailand                            

Towhee, Spotted; British Columbia                 

Treepie, Grey; Thailand                           

Treepie, Racket-tailed; Thailand           

Treepie,Rufous; Thailand

Vulture, Turkey; British Columbia 
Vulture, Common; England                    

Wagtail, Gray; Thailand                           

Wagtail, Pied; England/Ireland             

Wagtail, White; Thailand                        

Wagtail, Yellow; Thailand                                   

Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf; Thailand                         

Warbler,Radde’s; Thailand                                

Warbler, Tennessee; Alberta                             

Warbler, Two-barred; Thailand                        

Warbler, Willow; Ireland   
Warbler, Wilson's; Alberta

Warbler,Yellow; New Brunswick                     

Warbler, Yellow-browed; Thailand

Warbler, Yellow-rumped; Alberta                    

Waterhen, White-breasted; Thailand             

Waxwing, Bohemian; Alberta                            

Waxwing, Cedar; New Brunswick                    

Weaver, Baya; Thailand                          

Wigeon, American; Alberta                                

Wigeon, Eurasian; Alberta                                 

Willett; Alberta, British Columbia                     

Woodpecker, Black-backed; Alberta                           

Woodpecker,Downy; Alberta                          

Woodpecker, Hairy; Alberta                              

Woodpecker, Lewis’s; British Columbia                     

Woodpecker,Pileated; Alberta                         

Wren, House; Alberta                  

Wren, Marsh; British Columbia             

Wren, Winter; Alberta                             

Wryneck, Eurasian; Thailand                             

Yellowlegs, Greater; Alberta                              

Yellowlegs,Lesser; Alberta                                 


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Peter McKenzie Brown is the vice president of a resource company. He has written several volumes of history, and has worked in the corporate and academic worlds. He is British by birth, American by upbringing and Canadian by choice. Disclaimer : Although the writer is a director and officer of Stratabound, the thoughts and views herein are his only and not those of Stratabound. He is not registered in any jurisdiction as a broker or investment adviser, so nothing herein should be construed as advice on whether to buy, sell or hold shares of Stratabound or any other company mentioned herein.
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