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Cape Verde

This checklist includes all bird species found in Cape Verde , 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: Cape Verde
Number of species: 234
Number of endemics: 6
Number of breeding endemics: 3
Number of globally threatened species: 7
Number of introduced species: 4
See also: http://www.africanbirdclub.org/countries/checklists/

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelopeRare/Accidental
American WigeonAnas americanaRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealAnas discorsRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
GarganeyAnas querquedulaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Marbled TealMarmaronetta angustirostrisVulnerable
Common PochardAythya ferinaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisIntroduced species

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Fea's PetrelPterodroma feaeBreeding endemic
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Cape Verde ShearwaterCalonectris edwardsiiBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravis
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusCritically endangered
Boyd's ShearwaterPuffinus boydiBreeding endemic
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marina
European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicus
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castro
Cape Verde Storm-PetrelOceanodroma jabejabeEndemic

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturusRare/Accidental
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

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

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboExtirpated

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Western Reef-HeronEgretta gularis
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaRare/Accidental
Black HeronEgretta ardesiacaRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
WaldrappGeronticus eremitaRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterusEndangered
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusRare/Accidental
Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
Red KiteMilvus milvusNear-threatened
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Cape Verde BuzzardButeo bannermaniEndemic
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

African CrakeCrecopsis egregiaRare/Accidental
Little CrakePorzana parva
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicusRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricariaRare/Accidental
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosusRare/Accidental
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaRare/Accidental
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusRare/Accidental
Great SnipeGallinago mediaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Cream-colored CourserCursorius cursor
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Great SkuaStercorarius skua
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Common MurreUria aalge

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Slender-billed GullChroicocephalus geneiRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Audouin's GullIchthyaetus audouiniiRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellis
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Royal TernThalasseus maximusRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turtur
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoRare/Accidental
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Namaqua DoveOena capensisRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftApus melbaRare/Accidental
Alexander's SwiftApus alexandriEndemic
Common SwiftApus apus
Plain SwiftApus unicolorRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicusRare/Accidental
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonoraeRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Southern Gray ShrikeLanius meridionalisRare/Accidental
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Brown-necked RavenCorvus ruficollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Greater Hoopoe-LarkAlaemon alaudipes
Black-crowned Sparrow-LarkEremopterix nigriceps
Bar-tailed LarkAmmomanes cinctura
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaRare/Accidental
Razo SkylarkAlauda razaeEndemic Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Plain MartinRiparia paludicolaRare/Accidental
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Eurasian Crag-MartinPtyonoprogne rupestrisRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaRare/Accidental
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaRare/Accidental
Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Booted WarblerIduna caligata
Eastern Olivaceous WarblerIduna pallidaRare/Accidental
Western Olivaceous WarblerIduna opacaRare/Accidental
Cape Verde Swamp-WarblerAcrocephalus brevipennisEndemic Endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioidesRare/Accidental
Common Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella naeviaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
African Desert WarblerSylvia desertiRare/Accidental
Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillansRare/Accidental
Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Greater WhitethroatSylvia communisRare/Accidental
Spectacled WarblerSylvia conspicillata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
European RobinErithacus rubeculaRare/Accidental
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
White-tailed WheatearOenanthe leucopygaRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Song ThrushTurdus philomelosRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisRare/Accidental
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineusRare/Accidental
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis
Cape Verde SparrowPasser iagoensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Village WeaverPloceus cucullatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species
Red-cheeked CordonbleuUraeginthus bengalusRare/Accidental
Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala

 

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