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Cook Islands

This checklist includes all bird species found in Cook Islands , 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: Cook Islands
Number of species: 64
Number of endemics: 7
Number of globally threatened species: 12
Number of extinct species: 1
Number of introduced species: 3

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Eastern Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern PintailAnas acuta

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halliRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultimaNear-threatened
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalisRare/Accidental
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaRare/Accidental Endangered
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificusRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusNear-threatened
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minor
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
SanderlingCalidris alba

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutusRare/Accidental
Gray NoddyProcelsterna albivitta
Blue-gray NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergiiRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Cook Islands Fruit-DovePtilinopus rarotongensisEndemic Vulnerable
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Atiu SwiftletAerodramus sawtelliEndemic Vulnerable

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Mangaia KingfisherTodiramphus ruficollarisEndemic Vulnerable
Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Kuhl's LorikeetVini kuhliiIntroduced species Endangered
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Rarotonga MonarchPomarea dimidiataEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Cook Islands Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus kerearakoEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Rarotonga StarlingAplonis cinerascensEndemic Vulnerable
Mysterious StarlingAplonis mavornataEndemic Extinct
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothorax

 

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