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Complete Santa Barbara County Bird List

At the following link you will find the complete list of all bird species recorded in Santa Barbara County to date. This list is updated when taxonomic changes are published by the American Ornithological Society (AOS), when new birds are recorded in the county (not reviewed), or when documented sightings are reviewed and published by the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC).

By Paul Lehman

Originally published in 1994, Paul’s manuscript remains the definitive work on the status and distribution of the birds of Santa Barbara County, California. Paul continues to revise and update his book annually to include new information from available historical data and contributions from the birding community.

Many changes have occurred since the first publication over twenty years ago including range expansion and decline in bird populations, taxonomic splits, name changes, and the addition of bird species new to the county. Paul’s annual updates offer the most current understanding of the status and distribution of local birds.

BOSBC is available in pdf or as an epub file for e-book readers from the following link:

The Birds of Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study

The Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study is a collection of breeding bird records covering the county and projected on maps using Google Fusion Tables.  

What began as a consolidation of historical records in field notes from UCSB environmental contract sites has expanded to include input from many observers documenting nearly 170 breeding species. You can participate in the study. The effort is sponsored by Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UCSB and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society.

For complete instructions follow this link to access and explore the BBS data:

Santa Barbara County eBird Data

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. eBird data document bird distribution, abundance, habitat use, and trends through checklist data collected within a simple, scientific framework. Birders enter when, where, and how they went birding, and then fill out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. You can contribute your sightings to the growing database for Santa Barbara County. Visit the link below to learn more about eBird.

Sbcobirding Forum

The Sbcobirding forum was created in July 1999 and has been the source for trip reports and rarity announcements in the county for 20 years. You can read all messages in the Message History at the website or you can join to have messages emailed to you. This forum is open to everyone with an interest in county birding. IMPORTANT- Please read the group Participation Rules HERE >> to participate unmoderated.

County Reporting List

In an effort to solicit and share accurate information about local birds, special attention should be given to several species reported to the sbcobirding forum or when submitted to eBird from within Santa Barbara County. The County Reporting List page provides information on the observational data we are interested in receiving. This list is intended to outline which birds are considered rare in the county and observers should provide appropriate documentation for record keeping.