Systematic List of Escaped Bird Species

Systematic List of Escaped Bird Species
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The following is a list of all records of escaped species recorded at Landguard. Several other species could be included as “closed ringed” aviculturists birds have been trapped (mostly finches & buntings). Records of escapees prior to the formation of the bird observatory in 1983 are difficult to trace (particularly records of Budgerigar, Cockatiel & Canary) and, as such, other records may exist. Hybrid raptors are not included.


BLACK SWAN Cygnus atratus

The 1989 birds flew into Minsmere later the same day.

1989 two north 26th September

1992 1st August

1995 14th May

2007 three 13th April

         two 21st July

2008 two juveniles 5th April

2010 three north 8th August

         four 22nd September

2014 8th May

         11th May (presumed same as above)

BAR-HEADED GOOSE Anser indicus

2000 23rd March

SNOW GOOSE Anser caerulescens

The 2001 records are probably the same bird that was seen with a “hybrid goose”.

2001 18th & 26th May

2010 south then in 18th May

RED-BREASTED GOOSE Branta ruficollis

The 2016 records are probably the same bird seen with flocks of Barnacle Geese.

2012 26th June

2016 23rd February

         14th March

RUDDY SHELDUCK Tadorna ferruginea

The first bird may have been a genuine vagrant with the second an escape.

1990 south 23rd October

2002 male 1st April

AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK Tadorna tadornoides

2012 27th November

MUSCOVY DUCK Cairina moschata

1987 23rd January

1991 31st March

2019 25th May


One record of a bird found in a bramble bush following a gale.

1982 30th September

GREATER FLAMINGO Phoenicopterus roseus

This bird was seen in the days prior to this date at Breydon Water & Minsmere.

1990 south 8th October

CHILEAN FLAMINGO Phoenicopterus chilensis

2010 north 16th June

FLAMINGO Sp. Phoenicopterus sp.

1989 south 15th July

JAPANESE QUAIL Coturnix japonica

This bird was trapped and its feet were in very poor condition suggesting it had not been well looked after.

1992 adult 25th August

SAKER Falco cherrug

2004 28th October

2007 10th September

AMERICAN KESTREL Falco sparverius

A juvenile that had escaped from Stonham Barns the previous week.

2010 3rd November

HARRIS'S HAWK Parabuteo unicinctus

Several records of presumably the same bird

2008 14th March

         25th April

         23rd August

         13th, 15th & 29th September

         13th October

2009 15th January

         13th, 24th & 25th September

LAUGHING DOVE Spilopelia senegalensis

2001 26th May

BARBARY DOVE Streptopelia risoria

One record of an “apricot morph” individual.

2004 13th October

DIAMOND DOVE Geopelia cuneata

1989 29th to 30th May

2017 28th July

ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri

The following are assumed to be escapes and not part of the naturalised British population.

1987 2nd August

         20th November

1999 2nd & 4th September

2001 two south 13th August

2018 26th September

LORD DERBY’S PARAKEET Psittacula derbiana

2006 male 14th December

PARAKEET Sp. Psittacula sp.

1985 9th & 11th September

1987 8th October

1988 18th June

1996 25th May


1993 22nd November

COCKATIEL Nymphicus hollandicus

At least 22 individuals with another caught in the cottage in the early 1980’s living to a ripe old age.

1986 13th August

1989 6th June

         2nd August

1990 7th October

1991 3rd May

         9th November

1992 27th to 28th June

         1st to 2nd October

1994 24th & 30th May

         21st to 22nd September

1995 17th to 18th July

1996 6th to 7th September

1998 27th May

1999 1st September

2005 18th July

2006 26th September

2008 17th June

2009 22nd May

2011 22nd August

2013 17th July

2015 23rd April

EASTERN ROSELLA Platycercus eximius

1992 26th June

BUDGERIGAR Melopsittacus undulatus

1981 5th September

1984 21st to 23rd June

         12th September

1986 16th to 20th May

         19th July

1989 31st October

1990 4th August

1991 2nd July

1992 25th & 27th August

         5th September

         4th October

1993 5th September

1994 one dead riverbank 27th June

         14th July

1995 30th May

         21st July

1997 25th May

2003 23rd January

2004 26th April

         14th to 15th June

         15th September

2006 19th July

         8th, 12th, 15th & 18th August

2011 18th September

         1st October

2016 15th to 19th June

2017 6th August

         11th August

2018 26th July

SUPERB PARROT Polytelis swainsonii

1997 22nd March

ROSY-FACED LOVEBIRD Agapornis roseicollis

1998 22nd June

GREY PARROT Psittacus erithacus

2004 9th August

2014 7th August


2004 26th October

BLUE-CROWNED PARAKEET Thectocercus acuticaudata

2007 13th June

SOOTY-HEADED BULBUL Pycnonotus aurigaster

Trapped and found to be in very good condition.

1989 3rd to 4th September

VERDITER FLYCATCHER Eumyias thalassinus

This bird had a worn tail that appeared diamond-shaped in the field.

1994 12th May


Three of these four individuals were trapped and varied in condition from very good to one with worn feathers and damaged feet.

1994 12th June

1998 6th to 16th June

2000 15th to 16th June

2001 18th May

COMMON HILL MYNA Gracula religiosa

2004 25th April

COMMON MYNA Acridotheres tristis

2014 16th May

PURPLE GLOSSY STARLING Lamprotornis purpureus

This bird was also seen in Coronation Drive, Felixstowe on intervening dates.

1990 12th & 19th August

PURPLE/PALESTINE SUNBIRD Cinnyris asiaticus/osea

1987 26th to 27th May

TACAZZE SUNBIRD Nectarinia tacazze

This bird was in immaculate condition when trapped on the last date.

2003 female 11th, 26th & 28th May


Several of those below have been trapped with the conditions varying from immaculate to worn.

1992 male 5th May

1996 female 4th August, male 13th to 14th August

1998 males 11th to 14th June, 21st June & 11th August

2004 male 20th to 21st June


1992 14th October

VILLAGE WEAVER Ploceus cucullatus

The bird on 6th October 1990 was seen migrating south with other finches.

1983 male 17th to 18th November

1988 males 1st to 11th June & 17th July

1990 males 9th August & 6th October

1991 male 17th to 19th August, another male 19th August & male 29th August

1992 male 22nd August

1997 one 14th July

WEAVER Sp. Ploceus sp.

1985 12th October

RED-HEADED QUELEA Quelea erythrops

This bird was in immaculate condition when trapped in the heligoland.

2002 8th June


1980 28th September

1983 12th August


2008 27th September

NORTHERN RED BISHOP Euplectes franciscanus

2010 3rd September

BLACK-RUMPED WAXBILL Estrilda troglodytes

1988 two 17th September

COMMON WAXBILL Estrilda astrild

2000 27th August

WAXBILL Sp. Estrilda sp.

1989 25th September

PIN-TAILED WHYDAH Vidua macroura

1988 female or immature 7th to 9th July

RED-FRONTED SERIN Serinus pusillus

Singing briefly on site this bird may have been a wild bird as it occurred at the same time as a run of vagrants in the area.

1992 male 6th June

CANARY Serinus canaria

The 1998 birds plumage was identical to a wild bird with the others varying in their plumage tones.

1981 3rd May

1982 10th to 16th October

1983 11th May

1998 12th April

2001 7th October

2003 4th June

2006 27th May

2007 26th April

2009 25th November

2010 10th May

2012 14th June

YELLOW-FRONTED CANARY Crithagra mozambicus

The pair in 1990 were seen nest building in the Holm Oaks in early September.

1990 male & female 4th August to at least 14th September

1997 9th September


2000 male 15th to 16th May

DESERT FINCH Rhodospiza obsoleta

1994 female/immature 4th November


1998 18th June


Compiled by Nigel Odin, Landguard Bird Observatory, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW


January 2020


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