The Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committe
(TTRBC) was established as an independent organisation governed by a set of bye-laws in
September 1995. The primary functions of the TTRBC are to:
1. Maintain an official list of the bird
species of Trinidad and Tobago.
2. Maintain a review list of bird species
whose occurrence in Trinidad and Tobago requires further documentation.
3. Solicit details for all reports of species
on its review list.
4. Evaluate the adequacy of documentation for
all such reports.
5. Publish periodic reports of its findings.
The TTRBC evaluates reports of birds
with the aim of converting them into documented records that can be used reliably for
scientific studies of bird distribution and patterns of avian vagrancy. The TTRBC
currently comprises seven members including a Secretary responsible for assigning a number
to and cataloging each report received, circulating the reports among TTRBC members, and
compiling the decisions.
Each TTRBC member evaluates whether the
information provided in each report is sufficient to support the identification. A
record is accepted when a minimum of six members vote for it. For species whose origin is
questionable (e.g., escaped cagebird), each member judges whether the bird more likely
arrived under its own power or with the aid of humans; a minimum of six votes is required
to accept the record as a natural occurrence.
both resident and visiting birders is vital for the success of the TTRBA. Please
report appropriate sightings promptly to: