This page provides information on several non-native bird species known to have occured in Santa Barbara County. This list does not include captive birds found in zoos, enclosed aviaries, private collections, or hybrid combinations involving exotics. This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Birds listed here are annotated with the following:
1. (In) Introduced: Any Non-native bird species that is part of a self-sustaining breeding population. These are considrered naturalized, established, and included on the California state checklist by the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC). These are also included on the Santa Barbara County Bird List found on this website and contribute to the county total.
2. (Ex) Exotic: Any Non-native bird species that might be found in the wild such as an escaped or released cagebird, free- roaming gamefowl or waterfowl. (Ex) also applies to any bird that is believed to have arrived to the county by ship assistance or vagrancy from a relocated population. These birds are are not part of a self-sustaining breeding population and do not contribute to the county total.
3. (R) Reintroduced: One species, California Condor, is a historically native bird species removed from the wild in 1987 with the intent of saving it from extinction. Successful captive-breeding and reintroduction programs result in released birds and possibly birds from wild hatching being found in the county.
4. (SIn) Supplemental Introduced: Any bird species included on the main list but additional records exist likely involving an escaped cage bird thought to originate from the illegal pet trade (i.e. a vagrant from Mexico), or a banded bird reintroduced intentionally or unintentionally back into the wild.
The California Bird Records Committee maintains a Watch List of established naturalized bird species not yet accepted to the State List. Consult this CBRC watch list for updates that affect the main list. Taxonomic sequence below follows that of the Clements Checklist which is used by eBird. You can report any new Introduced or Exotic bird not found on this list using eBird. See the recent Change to eBird Exotic and Introduced Species article for more information.
(In) Introduced species
(Ex) Exotic, Escapee, or Ship Assisted Arrival
(R) Reintroduced species
(SIn) Supplemental Introduced species