Description species

All records of rare and scarce species submitted to the Society are considered by the KOS Rarity Panel before being accepted for publication in the Kent Bird Report.

Species requiring supporting evidence, considered by the KOS Rarity Panel are listed below.

Records should be sent to the appropriate Area Recorder using the form that can be downloaded here. If the record is being submitted as a photograph, it would be helpful if the observer could complete this form to support the record.

Additionally, national rarities are considered by the British Bird Rarities Committee. A list of species considered by that committee, along with details on how to submit a record to the committee can be found here.


American Wigeon Anas americana
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Alpine Swift Apus melba
Corncrake Crex crex
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
White-winged Black Tern Childonias leucopterus
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle
White-billed Diver Gavia adamsii
Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
Willow Tit Poecile montana
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropsis daurica
Radde's Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria
Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva
Dipper Cinclus cinclus
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Common Rosefinch Erythrina erythrina
Twite Linaria flavirostris
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla

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