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Specimens Not Located

NOTE: If you have any information on the whereabouts of the following specimens, please contact the TBRC Secretary.

Last Updated: 5 March, 2001

The following species are reported in various publications to have had specimens collected in Texas. The Texas Bird Records Committee (TBRC) of the Texas Ornithological Society has not been able to ascertain whether any of the listed specimens actually still exist, or if they do exist where they are located. Consequently, each such record is denoted in our documentation as S.N.L. (Specimen Not Located).

In the list below we provide what information we have concerning these unlocated specimens such as the reported date collected, county, etc., when available. The TBRC is very interested in obtaining information concerning any of the following alleged specimens such as the museum and file number where the specimen is housed. In some cases below, the unlocated specimen would provide the sole basis for inclusion on the official Texas State List if that specimen could be found. Any help would be much appreciated.

Brant (Branta bernicla)

  • fall 1884 or 1894 Tom Green Co.
  • 18 Nov 36 Brownsville, Cameron Co.
  • 5 Dec 66 Wharton Co. (tail feathers reported to have been submitted to US Fish & Wildlife)


Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

  • 20 Dec 21 Corpus Christi, Nueces Co.
  • 24 Apr 36 White Rock Lake, Dallas Co.
  • Dec 37 Cove, Chambers Co.


American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

  • Oberholser reports specimens from Rusk, Jefferson, Nueces and Wichita Counties without dates or current location of specimens.

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)

  • 27 Nov 36 Jefferson Co.


Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena )

  • Between 1884-1890 Young Co.


Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)

  • 5 Jun 12 San Jacinto Bay, Harris Co.


Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

  • 30 May 74 Port Isabel, Cameron Co.


Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)

  • prior to 1910 near Rockport, Aransas Co.


Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)

  • 1 Sep 1915 Galveston Co.
  • 17-20 Aug 55 Chambers Co.


Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

  • prior to 1889 Gainesville, Cooke Co.
  • Nov. 1916 Kerr Co.
  • 1 Apr 17 Kerr Co.
  • 13 Jan 18 El Paso Co.
  • 1934 (3 birds) Dallas Co.


Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

  • ca. 1900 Jefferson Co.
  • 19 Mar 38 Jefferson Co.
  • 23 Oct 38 Port Arthur, Jefferson Co.


Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)

  • 4 May 1860 (3 birds) Ft. Stockton, Pecos Co.
  • 8 Apr 1876 Gainesville, Cooke Co.
  • 15 Mar 1877 Nueces Co.
  • 7 Mar 1879 (3 birds) Gainesville, Cooke Co.
  • 17 Mar 1880 (2 birds) Boerne, Kendall Co.
  • 2 Apr 1890 Brownsville, Cameron Co.
  • ca. 1890 Lampasas Co.
  • March 1897 Brownsville, Cameron Co.


California Gull (Larus californicus)

  • date? Matagorda Co.
  • 29 Nov (year?) Brazoria Co.
  • 4 Apr 1891 Galveston Co.


Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii)

  • 7 Jul 29 Nueces Co.
  • 22 Jul 37 Matagorda Island, Calhoun Co.


Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

  • winter 1857 San Antonio, Bexar Co.
  • winter 1876 Austin, Travis Co.
  • ca. 1910 Deweyville, Newton Co.
  • 31 Mar 36 Port Arthur, Jefferson Co.


Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma)

  • 26 Apr 1918 El Paso, El Paso Co.
  • 22 Sep 77 Big Bend Nat. Park, Brewster Co.


Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)

  • date? (2 birds) Tom Green Co.


Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)

  • Apr or May 1837 Several reported taken by J.J. Audubon in Harris Co. and Ft. Bend Co.


Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax)

  • 12 Sep 1916 Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis Co.


Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis)

  • 23 Aug 1877 Brownsville, Cameron Co.


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

  • Mar 1880 Rice, Navarro Co.
  • 23 Sep 1880 Rice, Navarro Co.
  • 28 Sep 1880 Rice, Navarro Co.
  • 17 Apr 1883 Concho Co.


Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)

  • ca. 1878 Gainesville, Cooke Co.


Gray-crowned Yellowthroat (Geothlypis poliocephala)

  • 1 Jan 27 Cameron Co. (G.S. Wing)
  • 11 Jan 27 Brownsville, Cameron Co. (G.S. Wing)
  • 11 Jan 27 Cameron Co. (G.S. Wing)
  • 30 Dec 26 Cameron Co. (G.S. Wing)
  • 30 Dec 26 Cameron Co. (L.W. Wing)
  • 2 Jan 27 Cameron Co. (L.W. Wing)
  • 2 Jan 27 Cameron Co. (L.W. Wing)
  • 2 Jan 27 Cameron Co. (L.W. Wing)


Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii)

  • 19 Mar (year?) Cooke Co.
  • date? Wise Co.
  • date? Midland Co.
  • date? Martin Co.


Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

  • Dec 1933 Pampa, Gray Co.


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