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Faroe Islands

This checklist includes all bird species found in Faroe 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 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: Faroe Islands
Number of species: 277
Number of globally threatened species: 2
Number of extinct species: 1
Number of introduced species: 4
Date last reviewed: 2009-06-06
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_the_Faroe_Islands

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Graylag GooseAnser anser
Snow GooseChen caerulescens
BrantBranta bernicla
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis
Canada GooseBranta canadensisIntroduced species
Mute SwanCygnus olorIntroduced species
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Common ShelduckTadorna tadornaRare/Accidental
GadwallAnas streperaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
American WigeonAnas americana
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged TealAnas discorsRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acuta
GarganeyAnas querquedulaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Common PochardAythya ferinaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Steller's EiderPolysticta stelleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
King EiderSomateria spectabilisRare/Accidental
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicusRare/Accidental
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataRare/Accidental
White-winged ScoterMelanitta fuscaRare/Accidental
Common ScoterMelanitta nigra
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisVulnerable
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Barrow's GoldeneyeBucephala islandicaRare/Accidental
SmewMergellus albellusRare/Accidental
Common MerganserMergus merganserRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnixRare/Accidental
Black GrouseTetrao tetrix
Willow PtarmiganLagopus lagopusIntroduced species
Rock PtarmiganLagopus mutaIntroduced species

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Arctic LoonGavia arcticaRare/Accidental
Common LoonGavia immer
Yellow-billed LoonGavia adamsiiNear-threatened

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisRare/Accidental
Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravis
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusNear-threatened
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicus
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanus

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
European ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusRare/Accidental
Great BitternBotaurus stellarisRare/Accidental
Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpureaRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticoraxRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusRare/Accidental
Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosusRare/Accidental
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusRare/Accidental
Black KiteMilvus migrans
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaRare/Accidental
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopusRare/Accidental
Common BuzzardButeo buteo

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Corn CrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
Water RailRallus aquaticus
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra
American CootFulica americanaRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Sandhill CraneGrus canadensisRare/Accidental
Common CraneGrus grusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricaria
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
KilldeerCharadrius vociferusRare/Accidental
Eurasian DotterelCharadrius morinellusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosRare/Accidental
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
Common RedshankTringa totanus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Little StintCalidris minutaRare/Accidental
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisNear-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

DovekieAlle alle
Common MurreUria aalge
Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
RazorbillAlca torda
Great AukPinguinus impennisExtinct
Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Ivory GullPagophila eburneaNear-threatened
Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusRare/Accidental
Ross's GullRhodostethia roseaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Mew GullLarus canus
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Pallas's SandgrouseSyrrhaptes paradoxusRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Stock DoveColumba oenas
Common Wood-PigeonColumba palumbus
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turtur
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

European Scops-OwlOtus scopsRare/Accidental
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
Northern Hawk OwlSurnia ulula
Long-eared OwlAsio otusRare/Accidental
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental
Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Alpine SwiftApus melbaRare/Accidental
Common SwiftApus apus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
GyrfalconFalco rusticolus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Northern ShrikeLanius excubitorRare/Accidental
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegus
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Hooded CrowCorvus cornix
Common RavenCorvus corax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandra
Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Wood LarkLullula arboreaRare/Accidental
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

White-throated DipperCinclus cinclusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulus
FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixRare/Accidental
Pallas's Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus proregulus
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusRare/Accidental
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Icterine WarblerHippolais icterina
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricola
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustris
Eurasian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusRare/Accidental
Great Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylvidae

BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Barred WarblerSylvia nisoria
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca
Rueppell's WarblerSylvia rueppelli
Greater WhitethroatSylvia communis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa latirostrisRare/Accidental
European RobinErithacus rubecula
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetra
European StonechatSaxicola rubicolaRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Scaly ThrushZoothera daumaRare/Accidental
Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusRare/Accidental
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
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

DunnockPrunella modularisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Tree PipitAnthus trivialisRare/Accidental
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental
Rock PipitAnthus petrosus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicusRare/Accidental
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta variaRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrinaRare/Accidental
Northern ParulaSetophaga americanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella
Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaRare/Accidental
Little BuntingEmberiza pusilla
Red-headed BuntingEmberiza brunicepsRare/Accidental
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusRare/Accidental
Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoenaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaRare/Accidental
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusRare/Accidental
European GreenfinchChloris chloris
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucopteraRare/Accidental
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretRare/Accidental
Hoary RedpollAcanthis hornemanni
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinusRare/Accidental
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisRare/Accidental
TwiteCarduelis flavirostrisRare/Accidental
Eurasian LinnetCarduelis cannabinaRare/Accidental
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 

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