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Cayman Islands

This checklist includes all bird species found in Cayman 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 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: Cayman Islands
Number of species: 248
Number of endemics: 2
Number of globally threatened species: 2
Number of extinct species: 1
Number of introduced species: 3
Date last reviewed: 2005-05-01

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling-DuckDendrocygna autumnalisRare/Accidental
West Indian Whistling-DuckDendrocygna arboreaVulnerable
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolorRare/Accidental
Snow GooseChen caerulescensRare/Accidental
Canada GooseBranta canadensisRare/Accidental
Wood DuckAix sponsaRare/Accidental
GadwallAnas streperaRare/Accidental
American WigeonAnas americanaRare/Accidental
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealAnas discors
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
White-cheeked PintailAnas bahamensisRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas creccaRare/Accidental
RedheadAythya americanaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatusRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorRare/Accidental
Masked DuckNomonyx dominicusRare/Accidental
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicusRare/Accidental
Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruberRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitataRare/Accidental
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravisRare/Accidental
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieriRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritusRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

AnhingaAnhinga anhingaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchosRare/Accidental
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusRare/Accidental
Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
Snowy EgretEgretta thula
Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
Reddish EgretEgretta rufescensRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Green HeronButorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

White IbisEudocimus albusRare/Accidental
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajajaRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Black VultureCoragyps atratusRare/Accidental
Turkey VultureCathartes aura

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatusRare/Accidental
Northern HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

SoraPorzana carolina
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
American CootFulica americana
Caribbean CootFulica caribaea

 
GRUIFORMES: Aramidae

LimpkinAramus guaraunaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
American AvocetRecurvirostra americana

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominicaRare/Accidental
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsoniaRare/Accidental
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
KilldeerCharadrius vociferusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
WilletTringa semipalmata
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopusRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris albaRare/Accidental
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaNear-threatened
Western SandpiperCalidris mauriRare/Accidental
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataRare/Accidental
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolorRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatusRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusRare/Accidental
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusRare/Accidental
Least TernSternula antillarum
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Forster's TernSterna forsteriRare/Accidental
Royal TernThalasseus maximus
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisRare/Accidental
Black SkimmerRynchops nigerRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
White-crowned PigeonPatagioenas leucocephalaNear-threatened
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Common Ground-DoveColumbina passerina
Caribbean DoveLeptotila jamaicensis
White-winged DoveZenaida asiatica
Zenaida DoveZenaida aurita
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusRare/Accidental
Mangrove CuckooCoccyzus minor
Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmusRare/Accidental
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga ani

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental
Antillean NighthawkChordeiles gundlachii
Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensisRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Nyctibiidae

Northern PotooNyctibius jamaicensisRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Black SwiftCypseloides nigerRare/Accidental
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
APODIFORMES: Trochilidae

Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubrisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

West Indian WoodpeckerMelanerpes superciliaris
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
Northern FlickerColaptes auratus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatusRare/Accidental

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachusIntroduced species
Cuban ParrotAmazona leucocephalaNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Caribbean ElaeniaElaenia martinica
Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virensRare/Accidental
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescensRare/Accidental
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimusRare/Accidental
Eastern PhoebeSayornis phoebeRare/Accidental
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitusRare/Accidental
La Sagra's FlycatcherMyiarchus sagrae
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicusRare/Accidental
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusRare/Accidental
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
Loggerhead KingbirdTyrannus caudifasciatus
Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatusRare/Accidental
Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

White-eyed VireoVireo griseus
Thick-billed VireoVireo crassirostris
Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifronsRare/Accidental
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusRare/Accidental
Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus
Yucatan VireoVireo magister

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennisRare/Accidental
Purple MartinProgne subis
Caribbean MartinProgne dominicensisRare/Accidental
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonotaRare/Accidental
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Polioptilidae

Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caeruleaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

VeeryCatharus fuscescensRare/Accidental
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimusRare/Accidental
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatusRare/Accidental
Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelinaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Grand Cayman ThrushTurdus ravidusEndemic Extinct
Red-legged ThrushTurdus plumbeus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensis
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacillaRare/Accidental
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanopteraRare/Accidental
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citreaRare/Accidental
Swainson's WarblerLimnothlypis swainsoniiRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrinaRare/Accidental
Orange-crowned WarblerOreothlypis celataRare/Accidental
Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapillaRare/Accidental
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosaRare/Accidental
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrinaRare/Accidental
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrina
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga ceruleaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanicaRare/Accidental
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striataRare/Accidental
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarum
Pine WarblerSetophaga pinusRare/Accidental
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
Vitelline WarblerSetophaga vitellinaEndemic Near-threatened
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Townsend's WarblerSetophaga townsendiRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensRare/Accidental
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisRare/Accidental
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusillaRare/Accidental
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virensRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

BananaquitCoereba flaveola
Yellow-faced GrassquitTiaris olivaceus
Cuban BullfinchMelopyrrha nigraEndemic (country/region)
Western SpindalisSpindalis zena

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Chipping SparrowSpizella passerinaRare/Accidental
Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallidaRare/Accidental
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineusRare/Accidental
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensisRare/Accidental
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivaceaRare/Accidental
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caeruleaRare/Accidental
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Painted BuntingPasserina cirisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
DickcisselSpiza americanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorusRare/Accidental
Tawny-shouldered BlackbirdAgelaius humeralisRare/Accidental
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusRare/Accidental
Greater Antillean GrackleQuiscalus niger
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensisRare/Accidental
Jamaican OrioleIcterus leucopteryxExtirpated
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulataRare/Accidental
Tricolored MuniaLonchura malaccaRare/Accidental

 

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