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This checklist includes all bird species found in Heard and McDonald 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, version 2017. 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: Heard and McDonald Islands [map]
Number of species: 55
Number of endemics: 1
Number of globally threatened species: 6
Date last reviewed: 2008-03-24
Last modified: 2016-12-10
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King PenguinAptenodytes patagonicus
Emperor PenguinAptenodytes forsteriRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Adelie PenguinPygoscelis adeliaeRare/Accidental
Gentoo PenguinPygoscelis papua
Chinstrap PenguinPygoscelis antarcticusRare/Accidental
Macaroni PenguinEudyptes chrysolophusVulnerable
Southern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes chrysocomeVulnerable


Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchosRare/Accidental
Gray-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostomaRare/Accidental Endangered
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
Sooty AlbatrossPhoebetria fuscaRare/Accidental Endangered
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrataNear-threatened
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophoraRare/Accidental
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans


Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halliRare/Accidental
Southern FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Antarctic PetrelThalassoica antarcticaRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Snow PetrelPagodroma niveaRare/Accidental
Kerguelen PetrelAphrodroma brevirostrisRare/Accidental
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macropteraRare/Accidental
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollisRare/Accidental
Barau's PetrelPterodroma barauiRare/Accidental Endangered
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessoniiRare/Accidental
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Blue PetrelHalobaena caeruleaRare/Accidental
Fairy PrionPachyptila turtur
Broad-billed PrionPachyptila vittataRare/Accidental
Salvin's PrionPachyptila salvini
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata
Slender-billed PrionPachyptila belcheriRare/Accidental
Fulmar PrionPachyptila crassirostris
Gray PetrelProcellaria cinereaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Common Diving-PetrelPelecanoides urinatrix
South Georgia Diving-PetrelPelecanoides georgicus


Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Gray-backed Storm-PetrelGarrodia nereisRare/Accidental
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental

SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Imperial CormorantPhalacrocorax atriceps
Kerguelen ShagPhalacrocorax verrucosusRare/Accidental
Heard Island ShagPhalacrocorax nivalisEndemic


Black-faced SheathbillChionis minor


Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental


South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus


Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Antarctic TernSterna vittata
Kerguelen TernSterna virgataRare/Accidental Near-threatened


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