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Society Islands

This checklist includes all bird species found in Society 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: Society Islands
Description: includes Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Mehetia, Tetiaroa, Maiao, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tupai, Maupiti, Mopelia, Maupihaa, Motu One
Number of species: 69
Number of endemics: 13
Number of globally threatened species: 7
Number of extinct species: 6
Number of introduced species: 8

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultimaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennisRare/Accidental
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Little ShearwaterPuffinus assimilis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaRare/Accidental Endangered

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minor
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Striated HeronButorides striataIntroduced species

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swamp HarrierCircus approximans

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Tahiti RailGallirallus pacificusEndemic Extinct
Spotless CrakePorzana tabuensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresRare/Accidental
White-winged SandpiperProsobonia leucopteraEndemic Extinct
Moorea SandpiperProsobonia ellisiEndemic Extinct
SanderlingCalidris albaRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutusRare/Accidental
Blue-gray NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatusRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Polynesian Ground-DoveGallicolumba erythropteraExtirpated Critically endangered
Gray-green Fruit-DovePtilinopus purpuratusEndemic
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Polynesian Imperial-PigeonDucula auroraeEndemic (country/region) Endangered

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Polynesian SwiftletAerodramus leucophaeusEndemic

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Tahiti KingfisherTodiramphus veneratusEndemic
Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Raiatea ParakeetCyanoramphus ulietanusEndemic Extinct
Black-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus zealandicusEndemic Extinct
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaExtirpated Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Tahiti MonarchPomarea nigraEndemic Critically endangered
Maupiti MonarchPomarea pomareaEndemic Extinct

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Society Islands Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus musaeEndemic
Tahiti Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus cafferEndemic Endangered
Moorea Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus longirostrisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Silver-eyeZosterops lateralis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Crimson-backed TanagerRamphocelus dimidiatusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

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

 

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