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French Polynesia

This checklist includes all bird species found in French Polynesia , 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: French Polynesia
Number of species: 137
Number of endemics: 38
Number of breeding endemics: 1
Number of globally threatened species: 27
Number of extinct species: 9
Number of introduced species: 14
See also: http://www.iaora.com/

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusIntroduced species

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultimaNear-threatened
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriVulnerable
Henderson PetrelPterodroma atrataEndangered
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
Juan Fernandez PetrelPterodroma externaVulnerable
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaEndangered
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Gray PetrelProcellaria cinereaNear-threatened
Pink-footed ShearwaterPuffinus creatopusVulnerable
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostris
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Townsend's ShearwaterPuffinus auricularis
Little ShearwaterPuffinus assimilis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castroRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereusRare/Accidental
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minor
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Striated HeronButorides striata

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swamp HarrierCircus approximansIntroduced species

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Tahiti RailGallirallus pacificusEndemic Extinct
Spotless CrakePorzana tabuensis
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
White-winged SandpiperProsobonia leucopteraEndemic Extinct
Moorea SandpiperProsobonia ellisiEndemic Extinct
Tuamotu SandpiperProsobonia parvirostrisEndemic Endangered
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Blue-gray NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Black-naped TernSterna sumatranaRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Polynesian Ground-DoveGallicolumba erythropteraEndemic Critically endangered
Marquesas Ground-DoveGallicolumba rubescensEndemic Vulnerable
Gray-green Fruit-DovePtilinopus purpuratusEndemic
Makatea Fruit-DovePtilinopus chalcurusEndemic Vulnerable
Atoll Fruit-DovePtilinopus coralensisEndemic Near-threatened
Rapa Fruit-DovePtilinopus huttoniEndemic Vulnerable
White-capped Fruit-DovePtilinopus dupetithouarsiiEndemic
Red-moustached Fruit-DovePtilinopus mercieriiEndemic Extinct
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacificaIntroduced species
Polynesian Imperial-PigeonDucula auroraeEndemic Endangered
Marquesas Imperial-PigeonDucula galeataEndemic Endangered

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusIntroduced species

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Polynesian SwiftletAerodramus leucophaeusEndemic
Marquesan SwiftletAerodramus ocistusEndemic

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Tahiti KingfisherTodiramphus veneratusEndemic
Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutus
Marquesas KingfisherTodiramphus godeffroyiEndemic Critically endangered
Tuamotu KingfisherTodiramphus gambieriEndemic Critically endangered

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Raiatea ParakeetCyanoramphus ulietanusEndemic Extinct
Black-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus zealandicusEndemic Extinct
Kuhl's LorikeetVini kuhliiEndemic Endangered
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaEndemic Vulnerable
Ultramarine LorikeetVini ultramarinaEndemic Endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Tahiti MonarchPomarea nigraEndemic Critically endangered
Maupiti MonarchPomarea pomareaEndemic Extinct
Eiao MonarchPomarea fluxaEndemic Extinct
Nuku Hiva MonarchPomarea nukuhivaeEndemic Extinct
Iphis MonarchPomarea iphisEndemic Vulnerable
Ua Pou MonarchPomarea miraEndemic Critically endangered
Marquesas MonarchPomarea mendozaeEndangered
Fatuhiva MonarchPomarea whitneyiEndemic Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus caferIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Southern Marquesan Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus mendanaeEndemic
Rimitara Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus rimitaraeEndemic Vulnerable
Society Islands Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus musaeEndemic
Tahiti Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus cafferEndemic Endangered
Moorea Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus longirostrisEndemic
Northern Marquesan Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus percernisEndemic
Tuamotu Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus atyphusEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Silver-eyeZosterops lateralisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Crimson-backed TanagerRamphocelus dimidiatusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species
Red-browed FiretailNeochmia temporalisIntroduced species
Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothoraxIntroduced species

 

References (partial list)

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