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Rancho La Brea Birds
† = extinct,
¶ = Holocene record only

Order Podicipediformes (grebes)

Family Podicipedidae
Podilymbus podiceps (Linnaeus, 1758)
Podiceps sp.

Order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, and anhingas)

Family Phalacrocoracidae
Phalacrocorax sp.

Order Ardeiformes (herons and ibis)

Family Ardeidae
Ardea herodias Linnaeus, 1758
Botaurus lentiginosus (Rackett, 1813)
Butorides striatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Casmerodius albus Linnaeus, 1758
Egretta thula (Molina, 1782)
E. caerulea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Nycticorax nycticorax (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family Threskiornithidae (Plataleidae)
Ajaia ajaja (Linnaeus, 1758)
Plegadis chihi (Vieillot, 1817)

Order Anseriformes (ducks, geese, and swans)

Family Anatidae
Anas platyrhynchos Linnaeus, 1758
A. strepera Linnaeus, 1758
A. crecca Linnaeus, 1758
A. cyanoptera (?) Vieillot, 1816
A. clypeata Linnaeus, 1758
Anser albifrons (Scopoli, 1769)
Aythya valisineria Wilson, 1814
Anabernicula gracilenta (Ross, 1935) †
Branta canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Branta cf. B. bernicla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chen caerulescens (Linnaeus, 1758)
C. rossi (Cassin 1861)
Cygnus columbianus (Ord, 1815)

Order Ciconiiformes (storks, vultures, and teratorns)

Family Ciconiidae
Ciconia maltha Miller, 1910 †
Mycteria wetmorei Howard, 1935 †

Family Teratornithidae
Cathartornis gracilis Miller, 1910 †
Teratornis merriami Miller, 1909 †

Family Vulturidae (Cathartidae)
Breagyps clarki (Miller), 1910 †
Coragyps occidentalis (Miller), 1909 †
Cathartes aura (Linnaeus, 1758)
Gymnogyps amplus Miller, 1911 †

Order Accipitriformes (hawks, eagles, and falcons)
 

Family Accipitridae
Accipiter gentilis (Linnaeus, 1758)
A. striatus velox (Vieillot, 1807)
A. cooperii (Bonaparte, 1828)
Aquila chrysaetos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Buteo jamaicensis (Gmelin, 1788)
B. swainsoni Bonaparte, 1838
B. lagopus (Pontoppidan, 1763)
B. regalis (Gray, 1844)
Buteo sp.
Buteogallus fragilis (Miller, 1911) †
Circus cyaneus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Elanus caeruleus (Desfontaines, 1789)
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Amplibuteo woodwardi (Miller, 1911) †
Wetmoregyps daggetti (Miller, 1915) †
Spizaetus grinnelli (Miller, 1911) †
Neogyps errans (Miller, 1916) †
Neophrontops americanus Miller, 1916†

Family Falconidae
Falco columbarius Linnaeus, 1758
F. mexicanus Schlegel, 1851
F. peregrinus Tunstall, 1771
F. sparverius Linnaeus, 1758
Falco sp.
Polyborus plancus (Miller, 1777)

Order Galliformes (quails and turkeys)

Family Phasianidae
Meleagris californica (Miller, 1909) †
Callipepla californica (Shaw, 1798)

Order Gruiformes (cranes, coots, and rails)

Family Rallidae
Fulica americana (Gmelin, 1789)

Family Gruidae
Grus canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
G. americana (Linnaeus, 1758)
G. pagei Campbell, 1995

Order Charadriiformes (plovers, shorebirds, and gulls)

Family Charadriidae
Charadrius vociferus Linnaeus, 1758
Pluvialis squatarola (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family Recurvirostridae
Recurvirostra americana Gmelin, 1789

Family Scolopacidae
Calidris alba (Pallas, 1764)
C. alpina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Catoptrophorus semipalmatus (Gmelin, 1789)
Gallinago gallinago delicata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Limnodromus griseus (Gmelin, 1789)
Limosa fedoa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Numenius americanus (Bechstein, 1812)
N. phaeopus hudsonicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Tringa melanoleuca (Gmelin, 1789)
Phalaropus fulicarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family Laridae
Larus canus Linnaeus, 1758 ¶
Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) ¶

Order Columbiformes (pigeons and doves)

Family Columbidae
Columba fasciata Say, 1823
Ectopistes migratorius (Linnaeus, 1766) †
Zenaida macroura (Linnaeus, 1758)

Order Cuculiformes (roadrunners)

Family Cuculidae
Geococcyx californianus (Lesson, 1829)

Order Strigiformes (owls)

Family Tytonidae
Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769)

Family Strigidae
Aegolius acadicus (Gmelin, 1788)
Asio flammeus (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Athene cunicularia (Molina, 1782)
Bubo virginianus (Gmelin, 1788)
Glaucidium gnoma Wagler, 1832
Otus asio (Linnaeus, 1758)
Strix brea Howard, 1933 † (Campbell, Jr., K. E. and Z. E. Bochenski. 2010)

Order Caprimulgiformes (poorwills and nightjars)

Family Caprimulgidae
Phalaenoptilus nuttallii (Audubon, 1844)

Order Piciformes (woodpeckers)

Family Picidae
Colaptes auratus cafer (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dryocopus pileatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Melanerpes lewisi (Gray, 1849)
Picoides sp.
Sphyrapicus sp.

Order Passeriformes (songbirds)
 

Family Tyrannidae
Tyrannus vociferans Swainson, 1826

Family Alaudidae
Ermophila alpestris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family Corvidae
Aphelocoma coerulescens (Bosc, 1795)
A. coerulescens californica
Corvus corax Linnaeus, 1758
C. cryptoleucus Couch, 1854
C. brachyrhynchos Brehm, 1822
C. caurinus Baird, 1858
Cyanocitta stelleri (Gmelin, 1788)
Nucifraga columbiana (Wilson, 1811)
Pica nuttalli (Audabon, 1837)

Family Paridae
Parus sp. cf. P. gambeli Ridgeway, 1866

Family Muscicapidae
Sialia sp. cf. S. mexicana Swainson, 1832
Turdus migratorius Linnaeus, 1766

Family Mimidae
Oreoscoptes montanus (Townsend, 1837)
Toxostoma redivivum (Gambel, 1845)

Family Bombycillidae
Bombycilla cedrorum (Vieillot, 1808)

Family Laniidae
Lanius ludovicianus Linnaeus, 1766

Family Emberizidae
Parulinae gen. sp. indet.
Pheucticus melanocephalus (Swainson, 1827)
Amphispiza bilineata (Cassin, 1850)
A. belli (Cassin, 1850)
Chondestes grammacus (Say, 1823)
Melospiza melodia (Wilson, 1810)
Passerella iliaca (Merrem, 1786)
Pipilo erythrophthalamus (Linnaeus, 1758)
P. fuscus Swainson, 1827
P. angelensis Dawson, 1948 †
Pooecetes gramineus (Gmelin, 1789)
Spizella passerina (Bechstein, 1798)
Spizella sp.
Zonotrichia leucophrys (Forster, 1772)
Agelaius sp. cf. A. phoeniceus californicus (?)
Euphagus magnirostris Miller, 1929 †
Icterus spp.
Molothrus ater (Boddaert, 1783)
Sturnella neglecta Audabon, 1844
Xanthocephalus sp.
Pandanaris convexa †

Family Fringillidae
Carduelis pinus (Wilson, 1810)
C. tristis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Coccothraustes vespertinus (Cooper, 1825)
Fringillidae gen. and spp. indet.
 

Reference
Stock, C. 1992. Rancho La Brea: A record of Pleistocene life in California. 7th ed. Revised by J.M. Harris. Science Series no.37. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 113 pp.