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Nunavut

This checklist includes all bird species found in Nunavut , 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 2013). 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: Nunavut
Number of species: 271
Number of globally threatened species: 5
Number of extinct species: 2
Number of introduced species: 2
Date last reviewed: 2009-08-17

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Snow GooseChen caerulescens
Ross's GooseChen rossii
BrantBranta bernicla
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisRare/Accidental
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinatorExtirpated
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
Wood DuckAix sponsaRare/Accidental
GadwallAnas streperaRare/Accidental
American WigeonAnas americana
American Black DuckAnas rubripes
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged TealAnas discorsRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
CanvasbackAythya valisineriaRare/Accidental
RedheadAythya americanaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
Steller's EiderPolysticta stelleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
King EiderSomateria spectabilis
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
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
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Spruce GrouseFalcipennis canadensis
Willow PtarmiganLagopus lagopus
Rock PtarmiganLagopus muta
White-tailed PtarmiganLagopus leucuraRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed GrouseTympanuchus phasianellusRare/Accidental

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

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

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podicepsRare/Accidental
Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravisRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

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

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanusRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchos

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Turkey VultureCathartes auraRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoniRare/Accidental
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisRare/Accidental
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
Corn CrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
American CootFulica americanaRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Sandhill CraneGrus canadensis
Whooping CraneGrus americanaRare/Accidental Endangered

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Piping PloverCharadrius melodusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
Eskimo CurlewNumenius borealisExtirpated Critically endangered (possibly extinct)
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanusRare/Accidental
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisNear-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaNear-threatened
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

DovekieAlle alle
Common MurreUria aalgeRare/Accidental
Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
RazorbillAlca torda
Great AukPinguinus impennisExtinct
Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
Horned PuffinFratercula corniculataRare/Accidental
Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhataRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Ivory GullPagophila eburneaNear-threatened
Sabine's GullXema sabini
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
Ross's GullRhodostethia rosea
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Mew GullLarus canus
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
California GullLarus californicusRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Thayer's GullLarus thayeri
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagusRare/Accidental
Glaucous-winged GullLarus glaucescensRare/Accidental
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraRare/Accidental
Passenger PigeonEctopistes migratoriusExtinct

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusRare/Accidental
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
Northern Hawk OwlSurnia ulula
Long-eared OwlAsio otusRare/Accidental
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Black SwiftCypseloides nigerRare/Accidental
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyonRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusRare/Accidental
Downy WoodpeckerPicoides pubescensRare/Accidental
Hairy WoodpeckerPicoides villosus
American Three-toed WoodpeckerPicoides dorsalisRare/Accidental
Black-backed WoodpeckerPicoides arcticusRare/Accidental
Northern FlickerColaptes auratus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
GyrfalconFalco rusticolus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventrisRare/Accidental
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebeRare/Accidental
Say's PhoebeSayornis sayaRare/Accidental
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitusRare/Accidental
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalisRare/Accidental
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusRare/Accidental
Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Northern ShrikeLanius excubitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Gray JayPerisoreus canadensis
Black-billed MagpiePica hudsoniaRare/Accidental
American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos
Common RavenCorvus corax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Horned LarkEremophila alpestris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Purple MartinProgne subisRare/Accidental
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolorRare/Accidental
Violet-green SwallowTachycineta thalassinaRare/Accidental
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaRare/Accidental
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Boreal ChickadeePoecile hudsonicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Brown CreeperCerthia americanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Winter WrenTroglodytes hiemalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoidesRare/Accidental
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatus
FieldfareTurdus pilarisRare/Accidental
American RobinTurdus migratorius
Varied ThrushIxoreus naeviusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensisRare/Accidental
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufumRare/Accidental
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottosRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisRare/Accidental
American PipitAnthus rubescens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulusRare/Accidental
Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
Smith's LongspurCalcarius pictus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta variaRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celata
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrinaRare/Accidental
American RedstartSetophaga ruticillaRare/Accidental
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaRare/Accidental
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescensRare/Accidental
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensRare/Accidental
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusilla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Spotted TowheePipilo maculatusRare/Accidental
American Tree SparrowSpizella arborea
Chipping SparrowSpizella passerinaRare/Accidental
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallidaRare/Accidental
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensis
Le Conte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteii
Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoni
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
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Western TanagerPiranga ludovicianaRare/Accidental
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianusRare/Accidental
Painted BuntingPasserina cirisRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorusRare/Accidental
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus
Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglectaRare/Accidental
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusRare/Accidental
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusVulnerable
Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalusRare/Accidental
Common GrackleQuiscalus quisculaRare/Accidental
Brown-headed CowbirdMolothrus ater
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Gray-crowned Rosy-FinchLeucosticte tephrocotisRare/Accidental
Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleatorRare/Accidental
Purple FinchHaemorhous purpureusRare/Accidental
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucopteraRare/Accidental
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Hoary RedpollAcanthis hornemanni
Pine SiskinSpinus pinusRare/Accidental
American GoldfinchSpinus tristisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 

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