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Bahamas

This checklist includes all bird species found in Bahamas , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Clements 6th edition (updated 2014). If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Threatened Birds of the World (Birds to Watch 3).

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Country or region: Bahamas
Description: Includes Grand Bahama, San Salvador, Abaco, More
Number of species: 348
Number of endemics: 5
Number of globally threatened species: 11
Number of introduced species: 15
Date last reviewed: 2005-05-01

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalisRare/Accidental
West Indian Whistling-DuckDendrocygna arboreaVulnerable
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolorRare/Accidental
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsRare/Accidental
Snow GooseChen caerulescensRare/Accidental
Ross's GooseChen rossiiRare/Accidental
BrantBranta berniclaRare/Accidental
Canada GooseBranta canadensisRare/Accidental
Muscovy DuckCairina moschata
Wood DuckAix sponsaRare/Accidental
GadwallAnas streperaRare/Accidental
American WigeonAnas americanaRare/Accidental
American Black DuckAnas rubripesRare/Accidental
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged TealAnas discors
Cinnamon TealAnas cyanopteraRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
White-cheeked PintailAnas bahamensis
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas creccaRare/Accidental
CanvasbackAythya valisineriaRare/Accidental
RedheadAythya americanaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
Greater ScaupAythya marilaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaRare/Accidental
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatusRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorRare/Accidental
Masked DuckNomonyx dominicusRare/Accidental
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis

 
GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianusIntroduced species Near-threatened

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusIntroduced species
Indian PeafowlPavo cristatusIntroduced species

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicus
Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruber

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Bermuda PetrelPterodroma cahowExtirpated Endangered
Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitataRare/Accidental
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaRare/Accidental
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravisRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusRare/Accidental
Barolo ShearwaterPuffinus baroli
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaRare/Accidental
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castroRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Wood StorkMycteria americanaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sulaRare/Accidental
Northern GannetMorus bassanusRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

AnhingaAnhinga anhingaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchosRare/Accidental
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusRare/Accidental
Least BitternIxobrychus exilisRare/Accidental
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
Snowy EgretEgretta thula
Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
Reddish EgretEgretta rufescensNear-threatened
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Green HeronButorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticoraxRare/Accidental
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

White IbisEudocimus albus
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Black VultureCoragyps atratusRare/Accidental
Turkey VultureCathartes aura

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatusRare/Accidental
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoniRare/Accidental
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensisRare/Accidental
Black RailLaterallus jamaicensis
Mangrove RailRallus longirostris
Clapper RailRallus crepitans
Virginia RailRallus limicolaRare/Accidental
SoraPorzana carolina
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
American CootFulica americana
Caribbean CootFulica caribaea

 
GRUIFORMES: Aramidae

LimpkinAramus guarauna

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Double-striped Thick-kneeBurhinus bistriatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominicaRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosusNear-threatened
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Piping PloverCharadrius melodusNear-threatened
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
WilletTringa semipalmata
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaRare/Accidental
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopusRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaNear-threatened
Western SandpiperCalidris mauriRare/Accidental
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

DovekieAlle alleRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaRare/Accidental
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
Herring GullLarus argentatusRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
White TernGygis albaRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Least TernSternula antillarum
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Forster's TernSterna forsteriRare/Accidental
Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Black SkimmerRynchops nigerRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
White-crowned PigeonPatagioenas leucocephalaNear-threatened
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoIntroduced species
African Collared-DoveStreptopelia roseogriseaIntroduced species
Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
Key West Quail-DoveGeotrygon chrysia
Bridled Quail-DoveGeotrygon mystacea
Caribbean DoveLeptotila jamaicensisIntroduced species
White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
Zenaida DoveZenaida aurita
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Mangrove CuckooCoccyzus minor
Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmusRare/Accidental
Great Lizard-CuckooCoccyzus merliniRare/Accidental
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga ani

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Burrowing OwlAthene cunicularia
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental
Antillean NighthawkChordeiles gundlachii
Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensisRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
APODIFORMES: Trochilidae

Green-breasted MangoAnthracothorax prevostii
Bahama WoodstarCalliphlox evelynaeEndemic
Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubrisRare/Accidental
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufusRare/Accidental
Cuban EmeraldChlorostilbon ricordii
Brace's EmeraldChlorostilbon braceiEndemic

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

West Indian WoodpeckerMelanerpes superciliaris
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
Fernandina's FlickerColaptes fernandinaeRare/Accidental Vulnerable

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galeritaIntroduced species

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachusIntroduced species
Cuban ParrotAmazona leucocephalaNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virensRare/Accidental
Cuban PeweeContopus caribaeus
Hispaniolan PeweeContopus hispaniolensisRare/Accidental
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescensRare/Accidental
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimusRare/Accidental
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebeRare/Accidental
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitusRare/Accidental
Brown-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus tyrannulusRare/Accidental
La Sagra's FlycatcherMyiarchus sagrae
Stolid FlycatcherMyiarchus stolidus
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalisRare/Accidental
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusRare/Accidental
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
Loggerhead KingbirdTyrannus caudifasciatus
Giant KingbirdTyrannus cubensisExtirpated Endangered
Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

White-eyed VireoVireo griseusRare/Accidental
Thick-billed VireoVireo crassirostris
Bell's VireoVireo belliiRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifronsRare/Accidental
Blue-headed VireoVireo solitariusRare/Accidental
Warbling VireoVireo gilvusRare/Accidental
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusRare/Accidental
Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Cuban CrowCorvus nasicus
Fish CrowCorvus ossifragus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennisRare/Accidental
Purple MartinProgne subisRare/Accidental
Cuban MartinProgne cryptoleucaRare/Accidental
Caribbean MartinProgne dominicensisRare/Accidental
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolorRare/Accidental
Bahama SwallowTachycineta cyaneoviridisEndangered
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonotaRare/Accidental
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Brown-headed NuthatchSitta pusillaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

House WrenTroglodytes aedonRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Polioptilidae

Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendulaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Eastern BluebirdSialia sialisRare/Accidental
VeeryCatharus fuscescensRare/Accidental
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimusRare/Accidental
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatusRare/Accidental
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatusRare/Accidental
Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelinaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
American RobinTurdus migratoriusRare/Accidental
Red-legged ThrushTurdus plumbeus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
Pearly-eyed ThrasherMargarops fuscatus
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufumRare/Accidental
Bahama MockingbirdMimus gundlachii
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

American PipitAnthus rubescensRare/Accidental
Sprague's PipitAnthus spragueiiVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacillaRare/Accidental
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Bachman's WarblerVermivora bachmaniiCritically endangered (possibly extinct)
Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanopteraRare/Accidental
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citreaRare/Accidental
Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsoniiRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrinaRare/Accidental
Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celataRare/Accidental
Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapillaRare/Accidental
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilisRare/Accidental
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosaRare/Accidental
Bahama YellowthroatGeothlypis rostrataEndemic
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrinaRare/Accidental
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Kirtland's WarblerSetophaga kirtlandiiNear-threatened
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga ceruleaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanicaRare/Accidental
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
Olive-capped WarblerSetophaga pityophila
Pine WarblerSetophaga pinus
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
Bahama WarblerSetophaga flavescensEndemic Near-threatened
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Townsend's WarblerSetophaga townsendiRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensRare/Accidental
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisRare/Accidental
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusillaRare/Accidental
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virensRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

BananaquitCoereba flaveola
Cuban GrassquitTiaris canorusIntroduced species
Yellow-faced GrassquitTiaris olivaceusIntroduced species
Black-faced GrassquitTiaris bicolor
Greater Antillean BullfinchLoxigilla violacea
Western SpindalisSpindalis zena

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Chipping SparrowSpizella passerinaRare/Accidental
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallidaRare/Accidental
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacusRare/Accidental
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarumRare/Accidental
Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolniiRare/Accidental
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgianaRare/Accidental
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisRare/Accidental
White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysRare/Accidental
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Summer TanagerPiranga rubraRare/Accidental
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivaceaRare/Accidental
Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalisIntroduced species
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianusRare/Accidental
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caeruleaRare/Accidental
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Painted BuntingPasserina cirisNear-threatened
DickcisselSpiza americanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusRare/Accidental
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusVulnerable
Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
Common GrackleQuiscalus quisculaRare/Accidental
Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus majorRare/Accidental
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensisRare/Accidental
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus aterRare/Accidental
Bahama OrioleIcterus northropiEndemic Critically endangered
Orchard OrioleIcterus spurius
Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockiiRare/Accidental
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

American GoldfinchSpinus tristisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 

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