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Comoros

This checklist includes all bird species found in Comoros , 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: Comoros
Description: includes Anjouan and Mohéli
Number of species: 167
Number of endemics: 18
Number of globally threatened species: 12
Number of introduced species: 11

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotosRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisIntroduced species

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Harlequin QuailCoturnix delegorgueiRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental
Lesser FlamingoPhoenicopterus minorRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificusRare/Accidental
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Persian ShearwaterPuffinus persicus

 
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 sulaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed CormorantPhalacrocorax africanusRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

African DarterAnhinga rufaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Humblot's HeronArdea humblotiEndangered
Great EgretArdea alba
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental
Western Reef-HeronEgretta gularis
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Madagascar Pond-HeronArdeola idaeEndangered
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticoraxRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Bat HawkMacheiramphus alcinusRare/Accidental
Reunion HarrierCircus maillardi
Frances's GoshawkAccipiter francesiae
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Common BuzzardButeo buteoRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Striped CrakeAenigmatolimnas marginalisRare/Accidental
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
Senegal LapwingVanellus lugubrisRare/Accidental
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollarisRare/Accidental
White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Slender-billed CurlewNumenius tenuirostrisRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
SanderlingCalidris alba
Little StintCalidris minuta
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenuraRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Dromadidae

Crab PloverDromas ardeola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Madagascar PratincoleGlareola ocularisVulnerable

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalusRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Lesser NoddyAnous tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Saunders's TernSternula saundersiRare/Accidental
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Comoro PigeonColumba polleniiEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turturRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicolaIntroduced species
Madagascar Turtle-DoveStreptopelia picturataIntroduced species
Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistriaIntroduced species
Madagascar Green-PigeonTreron australis
Comoro Blue-PigeonAlectroenas sganziniEndemic (country/region)

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental
Madagascar CuckooCuculus rochiiRare/Accidental
Madagascar CoucalCentropus toulou

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Moheli Scops-OwlOtus moheliensisEndemic Critically endangered
Comoro Scops-OwlOtus paulianiEndemic Critically endangered
Anjouan Scops-OwlOtus capnodesEndemic Critically endangered
Mayotte Scops-OwlOtus mayottensis

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Malagasy SpinetailZoonavena grandidieri
Mottled SpinetailTelacanthura ussheri
Common SwiftApus apusRare/Accidental
African SwiftApus barbatus
Madagascar SwiftApus balstoni
African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Malagasy KingfisherCorythornis vintsioides

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicusRare/Accidental
Madagascar Bee-eaterMerops superciliosus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Leptosomidae

Cuckoo-RollerLeptosomus discolor

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanniRare/Accidental
Madagascar KestrelFalco newtoniRare/Accidental
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonorae
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Greater Vasa-ParrotMascarinus vasa
Lesser Vasa-ParrotMascarinus niger
Gray-headed LovebirdAgapornis canusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vangidae

Blue VangaCyanolanius madagascarinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Ashy CuckooshrikeCoracina cinerea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Comoro DrongoDicrurus fuscipennisEndemic Endangered
Crested DrongoDicrurus forficatus
Mayotte DrongoDicrurus waldeniiVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Madagascar Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone mutata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Mascarene MartinPhedina borbonicaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Madagascar BulbulHypsipetes madagascariensis
Grand Comoro BulbulHypsipetes parvirostrisEndemic
Moheli BulbulHypsipetes moheliensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrix

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Anjouan Brush-WarblerNesillas longicaudataEndemic
Madagascar Brush-WarblerNesillas typica
Grand Comoro Brush-WarblerNesillas brevicaudataEndemic
Moheli Brush-WarblerNesillas mariaeEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Madagascar CisticolaCisticola cherinaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Comoro White-eyeZosterops mouroniensisEndemic Vulnerable
Moheli White-eyeZosterops comorensisEndemic
Madagascar White-eyeZosterops maderaspatanus
Anjouan White-eyeZosterops anjouanensisEndemic
Kirk's White-eyeZosterops kirkiEndemic
Mayotte White-eyeZosterops mayottensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
Grand Comoro FlycatcherHumblotia flavirostrisEndemic Endangered
African StonechatSaxicola torquatus
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Comoro ThrushTurdus bewsheriEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Madagascar SunbirdCinnyris notatus
Humblot's SunbirdCinnyris humblotiEndemic
Anjouan SunbirdCinnyris comorensisEndemic
Mayotte SunbirdCinnyris coquerellii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Tree PipitAnthus trivialisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Red FodyFoudia madagascariensisIntroduced species
Red-headed FodyFoudia eminentissima

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red AvadavatAmandava amandavaIntroduced species
Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullataIntroduced species
Java SparrowLonchura oryzivoraExtirpated Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macrouraExtirpated

 

References (partial list)

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