BirdLife Australia Rarities Committee

This page is a temporary home for the BirdLife Australia Rarities Committee (BARC) reports, while we work to bring the enormous amount of content on the old BirdLife Australia website into the new one. In the meantime, you can access the BARC reports by clicking here or on the button below.

The BirdLife Australia Rarities Committee is responsible for maintaining a list of of rare birds in Australia and its external territories. BARC helps to ensure that incorrect and unsubstantiated rare bird reports do not find their way into important scientific literature. BARC’s work is also reflected in changes to the Working List of Australian Birds – several new species for the Australian list have been added following appraisal by BARC members over the years.

Thank you to Tony Palliser for his involvement in managing these records, and to the entire Rarities Committee for their ongoing work.

Please direct any queries or feedback to This content will also be reinstated in some form on the new BirdLife Australia website in the coming months, in a more engaging format.

Nordmann’s Greenshank on Yirrganydji Country, Cairns, 2022. Photo by JJ Harrison/ CC BY-SA 3.0.