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Tickable Species on Birda
Tickable Species on Birda

The concept of a "tickable species" refers to a bird that can be added to a birder's life list, a birding challenge or other records.

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What are Tickable Species?

In birdwatching, a "tickable species" refers to a bird that can be added to a birder's life list, a birding challenge or other birdwatching records. Essentially, when a birder sees a new tickable species for the first time, they can "tick" it off on their life list. This concept is an integral part of the birdwatching hobby for many enthusiasts.

Ornithological groups worldwide are generally responsible for creating checklists of tickable species based on historical records of a particular species in a specific listing area. For example, in the USA, the American Birding Association (ABA) maintain the ABA Checklist, a list of tickable species in the ABA Area. This ABA Area is essentially North America north of Mexico plus the Hawaiian Islands. In the UK, the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) maintain the British List, a list of tickable species in Britian.

See all the countries/region we have tickable lists for below in Sources of the Tickable Lists.

Tickable Species on Birda

Birda uses these official lists to tag all sightings as either Tickable or Non-tickable. If an official checklist of tickable species does not exist for any particular country or region, then Birda assumes that all sightings are tickable. If you would like us to include a tickable list for your country, please contact us at

Birda Challenges and Non-Tickable Species

While users can post sightings of non-tickable species on Birda, it's important to note that these may not count towards some Birda challenges (this will be made clear in the challenge description).

Importance of Tickable Species in Birdwatching

Understanding and adhering to the concept of tickable species helps maintain the integrity and challenge of birdwatching. It encourages enthusiasts to seek out species that are part of the natural ecosystem, enhancing the experience and contributing to citizen science data.

Importance of Non-Tickable Species in Birdwatching

Logging non-tickable species is also crucial because data collected on non-tickable helps conservation researchers better understand the expansion of non-native species. This does not include captive species, which we encourage users to refrain from logging on Birda.

Current Locations That Have Tickable Lists on Birda

On Birda, we currently have tickable lists for Europe (including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Guernsey), North America (including Canada and Hawaii), Southern Africa, South America, Australia, Central America, and the West Indies.

Sources of the Tickable Lists



BUBO Listing:

Europe (excluding the United Kingdom)

The British List, British Ornithologists' Union (BOU):

United Kingdom

BUBO Listing:

Central America and the West Indies

American Birding Association (ABA) Checklist:

North America

South American Classification Committee:

South America

Trevor Hardaker:

Southern Africa

BirdLife Australia Working List of Australian Birds (WLAB):


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