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This checklist includes all bird species found in Cyprus , 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: Cyprus
Number of species: 399
Number of breeding endemics: 2
Number of globally threatened species: 17
Date last reviewed: 2012-02-19
See also: http://www.birdlifecyprus.org/en/html-111-Birdwatching_in_Cyprus.html

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Lesser White-fronted GooseAnser erythropusRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Graylag GooseAnser anser
BrantBranta berniclaRare/Accidental
Red-breasted GooseBranta ruficollisRare/Accidental Endangered
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusRare/Accidental
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusRare/Accidental
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacaRare/Accidental
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
GadwallAnas strepera
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acuta
GarganeyAnas querquedula
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Marbled TealMarmaronetta angustirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
Common PochardAythya ferina
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaNear-threatened
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marilaRare/Accidental
Common ScoterMelanitta nigraRare/Accidental
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaRare/Accidental
SmewMergellus albellusRare/Accidental
Common MerganserMergus merganserRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
White-headed DuckOxyura leucocephalaRare/Accidental Endangered

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

ChukarAlectoris chukar
Black FrancolinFrancolinus francolinus
Gray PartridgePerdix perdix
Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicus

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Arctic LoonGavia arcticaRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Horned GrebePodiceps auritusRare/Accidental
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Levantine ShearwaterPuffinus yelkouanVulnerable

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicusRare/Accidental

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigra
White StorkCiconia ciconia

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanusRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
European ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis
Pygmy CormorantPhalacrocorax pygmaeusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
Dalmatian PelicanPelecanus crispusRare/Accidental Vulnerable

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellaris
Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered KiteElanus caeruleusRare/Accidental
LammergeierGypaetus barbatusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterusEndangered
European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorus
Cinereous VultureAegypius monachusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Eurasian GriffonGyps fulvus
BateleurTerathopius ecaudatusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Short-toed EagleCircaetus gallicus
Lesser Spotted EagleClanga pomarina
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clangaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Imperial EagleAquila heliacaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosRare/Accidental
Bonelli's EagleAquila fasciata
Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusNear-threatened
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
Levant SparrowhawkAccipiter brevipesRare/Accidental
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Red KiteMilvus milvusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black KiteMilvus migrans
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaRare/Accidental
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopusRare/Accidental
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinus

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Great BustardOtis tardaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Macqueen's BustardChlamydotis macqueeniiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Little BustardTetrax tetraxRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Corn CrakeCrex crex
Water RailRallus aquaticus
Little CrakePorzana parva
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzana
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrioRare/Accidental
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Demoiselle CraneAnthropoides virgo
Common CraneGrus grus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricaria
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosus
Sociable LapwingVanellus gregariusRare/Accidental Critically endangered
White-tailed LapwingVanellus leucurusRare/Accidental
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Caspian PloverCharadrius asiaticusRare/Accidental
Kittlitz's PloverCharadrius pecuariusRare/Accidental
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Eurasian DotterelCharadrius morinellusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereusRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Slender-billed CurlewNumenius tenuirostrisRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Great SnipeGallinago mediaNear-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Cream-colored CourserCursorius cursor
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincola
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarumRare/Accidental
Black-winged PratincoleGlareola nordmanniRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaRare/Accidental
Slender-billed GullChroicocephalus genei
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalus
Pallas's GullIchthyaetus ichthyaetus
Audouin's GullIchthyaetus audouiniiNear-threatened
Mew GullLarus canus
Herring GullLarus argentatusRare/Accidental
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellis
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Armenian GullLarus armenicus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusRare/Accidental
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias niger
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Pin-tailed SandgrousePterocles alchataRare/Accidental
Black-bellied SandgrousePterocles orientalisRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Stock DoveColumba oenas
Common Wood-PigeonColumba palumbus
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turtur
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensisRare/Accidental
Namaqua DoveOena capensisRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandarius
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx capriusRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

European Scops-OwlOtus scops
Brown Fish-OwlKetupa zeylonensis
Little OwlAthene noctua
Tawny OwlStrix aluco
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeus
Egyptian NightjarCaprimulgus aegyptius

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftApus melba
Common SwiftApus apus
Pallid SwiftApus pallidus
Little SwiftApus affinisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensisRare/Accidental
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusNear-threatened

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanni
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusNear-threatened
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonorae
Sooty FalconFalco concolorRare/Accidental Near-threatened
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicusRare/Accidental
Saker FalconFalco cherrugEndangered
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio
Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinusRare/Accidental
Southern Gray ShrikeLanius meridionalisRare/Accidental
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minor
Masked ShrikeLanius nubicus
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senator

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Yellow-billed ChoughPyrrhocorax graculus
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegusRare/Accidental
Hooded CrowCorvus cornix
Common RavenCorvus corax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Panuridae

Bearded ReedlingPanurus biarmicusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Dupont's LarkChersophilus dupontiRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Bar-tailed LarkAmmomanes cincturaRare/Accidental
Desert LarkAmmomanes desertiRare/Accidental
Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandra
Bimaculated LarkMelanocorypha bimaculata
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactyla
Lesser Short-toed LarkCalandrella rufescensRare/Accidental
Dunn's LarkEremalauda dunniRare/Accidental
Crested LarkGalerida cristata
Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Wood LarkLullula arborea
Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisRare/Accidental
Temminck's LarkEremophila bilophaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Eurasian Crag-MartinPtyonoprogne rupestris
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Coal TitPeriparus ater
Great TitParus major

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

Eurasian Penduline-TitRemiz pendulinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tichodromidae

WallcreeperTichodroma muraria

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris
Short-toed TreecreeperCerthia brachydactyla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

White-throated DipperCinclus cinclusExtirpated

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulus
FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cettiidae

Cetti's WarblerCettia cetti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Mountain ChiffchaffPhylloscopus sindianusRare/Accidental
Eastern Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus orientalis
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrix
Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Eastern Olivaceous WarblerIduna pallida
Upcher's WarblerHippolais languidaRare/Accidental
Olive-tree WarblerHippolais olivetorumRare/Accidental
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterina
Aquatic WarblerAcrocephalus paludicolaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Moustached WarblerAcrocephalus melanopogon
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricolaRare/Accidental
Blyth's Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumRare/Accidental
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisRare/Accidental
Eurasian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Basra Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus griseldisRare/Accidental Endangered
Great Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Eurasian River WarblerLocustella fluviatilisRare/Accidental
Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioides
Common Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella naeviaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Graceful PriniaPrinia gracilisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Asian Desert WarblerSylvia nanaRare/Accidental
Barred WarblerSylvia nisoria
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca
Eastern Orphean WarblerSylvia crassirostris
Cyprus WarblerSylvia melanothoraxBreeding endemic
Menetries's WarblerSylvia mystaceaRare/Accidental
Rueppell's WarblerSylvia rueppelli
Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillans
Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephala
Greater WhitethroatSylvia communis
Spectacled WarblerSylvia conspicillata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Rufous-tailed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas galactotes
European RobinErithacus rubecula
White-throated RobinIrania gutturalisRare/Accidental
Thrush NightingaleLuscinia luscinia
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurusRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca
Collared FlycatcherFicedula albicollis
Semicollared FlycatcherFicedula semitorquataNear-threatened
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
Rufous-tailed Rock-ThrushMonticola saxatilis
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitarius
WhinchatSaxicola rubetra
European StonechatSaxicola rubicola
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurusRare/Accidental
Pied BushchatSaxicola caprataRare/Accidental
White-tailed WheatearOenanthe leucopygaRare/Accidental
Hooded WheatearOenanthe monachaRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Mourning WheatearOenanthe lugensRare/Accidental
Finsch's WheatearOenanthe finschii
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschankaRare/Accidental
Cyprus WheatearOenanthe cypriacaBreeding endemic
Black-eared WheatearOenanthe hispanica
Red-tailed WheatearOenanthe xanthoprymnaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe deserti
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellina

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusRare/Accidental
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomusRare/Accidental
FieldfareTurdus pilaris
RedwingTurdus iliacus
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos
Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental
European StarlingSturnus vulgaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Alpine AccentorPrunella collaris
DunnockPrunella modularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Long-billed PipitAnthus similisRare/Accidental
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskiiRare/Accidental
Tawny PipitAnthus campestris
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus
Water PipitAnthus spinoletta

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaRare/Accidental
Pine BuntingEmberiza leucocephalosRare/Accidental
Rock BuntingEmberiza ciaRare/Accidental
Cinereous BuntingEmberiza cineraceaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulana
Cretzschmar's BuntingEmberiza caesia
Striolated BuntingEmberiza striolataRare/Accidental
Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaRare/Accidental
Yellow-breasted BuntingEmberiza aureolaRare/Accidental Endangered
Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephala
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus
Corn BuntingEmberiza calandra

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineusRare/Accidental
Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaRare/Accidental
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusRare/Accidental
European GreenfinchChloris chloris
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaRare/Accidental
Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretRare/Accidental
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis
Eurasian LinnetCarduelis cannabina
Fire-fronted SerinSerinus pusillusRare/Accidental
European SerinSerinus serinus
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis
Dead Sea SparrowPasser moabiticusRare/Accidental
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanusRare/Accidental
Rock PetroniaPetronia petroniaRare/Accidental
Pale RockfinchCarpospiza brachydactylaRare/Accidental
White-winged SnowfinchMontifringilla nivalisRare/Accidental

 

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