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Greater Vancouver Area

This checklist includes all bird species found in Greater Vancouver Area , 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: Greater Vancouver Area
Number of species: 422
Number of globally threatened species: 7
Number of introduced species: 6

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Emperor GooseChen canagicaNear-threatened
Snow GooseChen caerulescens
Ross's GooseChen rossii
BrantBranta bernicla
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Mute SwanCygnus olorIntroduced species
Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinator
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
Wood DuckAix sponsa
GadwallAnas strepera
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
American WigeonAnas americana
American Black DuckAnas rubripesExtirpated
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged TealAnas discors
Cinnamon TealAnas cyanoptera
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acuta
GarganeyAnas querquedulaRare/Accidental
Baikal TealAnas formosaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
CanvasbackAythya valisineria
RedheadAythya americana
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
King EiderSomateria spectabilis
Common EiderSomateria mollissimaRare/Accidental
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
White-winged ScoterMelanitta fusca
Black ScoterMelanitta americanaNear-threatened
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisVulnerable
BuffleheadBucephala albeola
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Barrow's GoldeneyeBucephala islandica
SmewMergellus albellusRare/Accidental
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis

 
GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

California QuailCallipepla californicaExtirpated

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Gray PartridgePerdix perdixExtirpated
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusIntroduced species
Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellus
Spruce GrouseFalcipennis canadensis
Rock PtarmiganLagopus muta
White-tailed PtarmiganLagopus leucuraRare/Accidental
Sooty GrouseDendragapus fuliginosus

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
Common LoonGavia immer
Yellow-billed LoonGavia adamsiiNear-threatened

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalis
Clark's GrebeAechmophorus clarkii

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Laysan AlbatrossPhoebastria immutabilisRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialisRare/Accidental
Pink-footed ShearwaterPuffinus creatopusVulnerable
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipesRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
Black-vented ShearwaterPuffinus opisthomelasRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Fork-tailed Storm-PetrelOceanodroma furcata
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Brandt's CormorantPhalacrocorax penicillatus
Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
Least BitternIxobrychus exilisRare/Accidental
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Green HeronButorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Turkey VultureCathartes aura

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperii
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
Broad-winged HawkButeo platypterusRare/Accidental
Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoni
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
Virginia RailRallus limicola
SoraPorzana carolina
Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
American CootFulica americana

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Sandhill CraneGrus canadensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
American AvocetRecurvirostra americana

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Black OystercatcherHaematopus bachmani

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolusRare/Accidental
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusRare/Accidental
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
WilletTringa semipalmata
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanus
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Black TurnstoneArenaria melanocephala
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Red KnotCalidris canutus
SurfbirdCalidris virgata
RuffCalidris pugnax
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiRare/Accidental
Spoon-billed SandpiperCalidris pygmeaRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Rock SandpiperCalidris ptilocnemis
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Little StintCalidris minuta
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisNear-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaNear-threatened
Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Common MurreUria aalge
Pigeon GuillemotCepphus columba
Marbled MurreletBrachyramphus marmoratusEndangered
Ancient MurreletSynthliboramphus antiquus
Cassin's AukletPtychoramphus aleuticus
Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerata
Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhataRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Ivory GullPagophila eburneaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Sabine's GullXema sabini
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
Heermann's GullLarus heermanniNear-threatened
Mew GullLarus canus
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
Western GullLarus occidentalis
California GullLarus californicus
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Thayer's GullLarus thayeri
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagus
Glaucous-winged GullLarus glaucescens
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Black TernChlidonias niger
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Elegant TernThalasseus elegansRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Band-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciata
Oriental Turtle-DoveStreptopelia orientalisRare/Accidental
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoIntroduced species
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusExtirpated

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Flammulated OwlPsiloscops flammeolus
Western Screech-OwlMegascops kennicottii
Great Horned OwlBubo virginianus
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
Northern Hawk OwlSurnia ululaRare/Accidental
Northern Pygmy-OwlGlaucidium gnoma
Burrowing OwlAthene cuniculariaExtirpated
Spotted OwlStrix occidentalisExtirpated Near-threatened
Barred OwlStrix varia
Great Gray OwlStrix nebulosa
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Boreal OwlAegolius funereusRare/Accidental
Northern Saw-whet OwlAegolius acadicus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennisRare/Accidental
Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Common PoorwillPhalaenoptilus nuttalliiRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Black SwiftCypseloides niger
Vaux's SwiftChaetura vauxi
White-throated SwiftAeronautes saxatalisRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Trochilidae

Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubrisRare/Accidental
Black-chinned HummingbirdArchilochus alexandriRare/Accidental
Anna's HummingbirdCalypte anna
Costa's HummingbirdCalypte costaeRare/Accidental
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufus
Calliope HummingbirdSelasphorus calliope

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Lewis's WoodpeckerMelanerpes lewis
Acorn WoodpeckerMelanerpes formicivorusRare/Accidental
Williamson's SapsuckerSphyrapicus thyroideusRare/Accidental
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusRare/Accidental
Red-naped SapsuckerSphyrapicus nuchalis
Red-breasted SapsuckerSphyrapicus ruber
Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescens
Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
American Three-toed WoodpeckerPicoides dorsalis
Black-backed WoodpeckerPicoides arcticusRare/Accidental
Northern FlickerColaptes auratus
Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
GyrfalconFalco rusticolus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Prairie FalconFalco mexicanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiNear-threatened
Western Wood-PeweeContopus sordidulus
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
Hammond's FlycatcherEmpidonax hammondii
Dusky FlycatcherEmpidonax oberholseri
Pacific-slope FlycatcherEmpidonax difficilis
Black PhoebeSayornis nigricansRare/Accidental
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebeRare/Accidental
Say's PhoebeSayornis saya
Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicusRare/Accidental
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Northern ShrikeLanius excubitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

Cassin's VireoVireo cassinii
Hutton's VireoVireo huttoni
Warbling VireoVireo gilvus
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Yellow-green VireoVireo flavoviridisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Gray JayPerisoreus canadensis
Steller's JayCyanocitta stelleri
Blue JayCyanocitta cristata
Western Scrub-JayAphelocoma californicaRare/Accidental
Black-billed MagpiePica hudsoniaExtirpated
Clark's NutcrackerNucifraga columbiana
American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
Northwestern CrowCorvus caurinus
Common RavenCorvus corax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Sky LarkAlauda arvensisRare/Accidental
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
Purple MartinProgne subis
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
Violet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassina
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillus
Mountain ChickadeePoecile gambeli
Chestnut-backed ChickadeePoecile rufescens
Boreal ChickadeePoecile hudsonicusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

BushtitPsaltriparus minimus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensis
White-breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensis
Pygmy NuthatchSitta pygmaeaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Brown CreeperCerthia americana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletus
House WrenTroglodytes aedon
Pacific WrenTroglodytes pacificus
Sedge WrenCistothorus platensisRare/Accidental
Marsh WrenCistothorus palustris
Bewick's WrenThryomanes bewickii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Polioptilidae

Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caeruleaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

American DipperCinclus mexicanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurusRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Western BluebirdSialia mexicanaRare/Accidental
Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoides
Townsend's SolitaireMyadestes townsendi
VeeryCatharus fuscescens
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomusRare/Accidental
FieldfareTurdus pilarisRare/Accidental
American RobinTurdus migratorius
Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufumRare/Accidental
Sage ThrasherOreoscoptes montanusRare/Accidental
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Crested MynaAcridotheres cristatellusExtirpated
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Siberian AccentorPrunella montanellaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisRare/Accidental
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla albaRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental
American PipitAnthus rubescens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus
Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
Chestnut-collared LongspurCalcarius ornatusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Smith's LongspurCalcarius pictusRare/Accidental
McCown's LongspurRhynchophanes mccowniiRare/Accidental
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
McKay's BuntingPlectrophenax hyperboreusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapillaRare/Accidental
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citreaRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
MacGillivray's WarblerGeothlypis tolmiei
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrinaRare/Accidental
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Northern ParulaSetophaga americanaRare/Accidental
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescensRare/Accidental
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Black-throated Gray WarblerSetophaga nigrescens
Townsend's WarblerSetophaga townsendi
Hermit WarblerSetophaga occidentalisRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensRare/Accidental
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisRare/Accidental
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla
Painted RedstartMyioborus pictusRare/Accidental
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Green-tailed TowheePipilo chlorurusRare/Accidental
Spotted TowheePipilo maculatus
Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree SparrowSpizella arborea
Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
Brewer's SparrowSpizella breweriRare/Accidental
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
Black-throated SparrowAmphispiza bilineata
Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorysRare/Accidental
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarumRare/Accidental
Baird's SparrowAmmodramus bairdiiRare/Accidental
Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoniRare/Accidental
Fox SparrowPasserella iliaca
Song SparrowMelospiza melodia
Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgiana
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollis
Harris's SparrowZonotrichia querula
White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrys
Golden-crowned SparrowZonotrichia atricapilla
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Western TanagerPiranga ludoviciana
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoena
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Painted BuntingPasserina cirisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
DickcisselSpiza americanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusVulnerable
Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
Common GrackleQuiscalus quisculaRare/Accidental
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
Hooded OrioleIcterus cucullatusRare/Accidental
Bullock's OrioleIcterus bullockii
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

BramblingFringilla montifringilla
Gray-crowned Rosy-FinchLeucosticte tephrocotis
Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleator
House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus
Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureus
Cassin's FinchHaemorhous cassiniiNear-threatened
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucoptera
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Hoary RedpollAcanthis hornemanni
Pine SiskinSpinus pinus
Lesser GoldfinchSpinus psaltriaRare/Accidental
American GoldfinchSpinus tristis
Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 

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