URF Records for 2018 and 2019

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URF Records for 2018 and 2019

The Records Committee has completed assessment of unusual record forms (URF) for 2018 and 2019.

The results of the URF assessments are included in this Excel file (URF summary list 2018 and 2019), members can refer to the Hong Kong Bird Reports for earlier records.  

The Excel file gives current HK List numbers, species name, date of record, location, name on URF and decision on URF. Decision on URF may be:-

  • Accept / Accept to Cat I– accepted as a Category I or II record, sometimes with a comment.
  • Accept to Cat III – identity accepted, but as a Category III record, possible ex-captive.
  • Not Proven – not accepted. 'Not Proven' does not mean the record is incorrect, it only means that the evidence provided does not prove the record beyond reasonable doubt.

The name on the URF is not necessarily the finder's name. Also some members may be surprised to find their name on a record. This is because the record has been taken off the website / social media, or informed / submitted by the others.

Members who wish to access result of his own submission can contact the Records Committee Secretary at