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Milne Bay Islands

This checklist includes all bird species found in Milne Bay 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 2013). 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: Milne Bay Islands
Number of species: 252
Number of endemics: 7
Number of globally threatened species: 4

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Spotted Whistling-DuckDendrocygna guttata
Radjah ShelduckTadorna radjah
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Dusky ScrubfowlMegapodius freycinet
Melanesian ScrubfowlMegapodius eremita
Orange-footed ScrubfowlMegapodius reinwardt

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Beck's PetrelPseudobulweria beckiCritically endangered
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipes
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostris
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropica

 
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 sula

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostrisRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Great-billed HeronArdea sumatrana
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Striated HeronButorides striata
Rufous Night-HeronNycticorax caledonicus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Long-tailed Honey-buzzardHenicopernis longicauda
Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Pygmy EagleHieraaetus weiskei
Gurney's EagleAquila gurneyiNear-threatened
Variable GoshawkAccipiter hiogaster
Gray GoshawkAccipiter novaehollandiae
Gray-headed GoshawkAccipiter poliocephalus
Collared SparrowhawkAccipiter cirrocephalus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Red-necked CrakeRallina tricolor
Bare-eyed RailGymnocrex plumbeiventris
Rufous-tailed Bush-henAmaurornis moluccana
White-browed CrakePorzana cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Beach Thick-kneeEsacus magnirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Pied OystercatcherHaematopus longirostris

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Comb-crested JacanaIrediparra gallinacea

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisVulnerable
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisVulnerable
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Red-backed ButtonquailTurnix maculosus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatusRare/Accidental
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Slender-billed Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia amboinensis
Black-billed Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia nigrirostris
Mackinlay's Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia mackinlayi
Great Cuckoo-DoveReinwardtoena reinwardtii
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Stephan's DoveChalcophaps stephani
Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
White-bibbed Ground-DoveGallicolumba jobiensis
Bronze Ground-DoveGallicolumba beccarii
Pheasant PigeonOtidiphaps nobilis
Wompoo Fruit-DovePtilinopus magnificus
Pink-spotted Fruit-DovePtilinopus perlatus
Orange-fronted Fruit-DovePtilinopus aurantiifrons
Superb Fruit-DovePtilinopus superbus
White-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus rivoli
Claret-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus viridis
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Island Imperial-PigeonDucula pistrinaria
Pinon Imperial-PigeonDucula pinon
Zoe Imperial-PigeonDucula zoeae
Pied Imperial-PigeonDucula bicolor
Torresian Imperial-PigeonDucula spilorrhoa
Papuan Mountain-PigeonGymnophaps albertisii

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
Shining Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx lucidus
Little Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx minutillus
Dwarf KoelMicrodynamis parva
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensisRare/Accidental
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Jungle BoobookNinox theomacha

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Aegothelidae

Vogelkop Owlet-NightjarAegotheles affinis
Barred Owlet-NightjarAegotheles bennettii

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Podargidae

Marbled FrogmouthPodargus ocellatus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Papuan NeedletailMearnsia novaeguineae
Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
Mountain SwiftletAerodramus hirundinaceus
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Azure KingfisherCeyx azureus
Little KingfisherCeyx pusillus
Variable Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx lepidus
Forest KingfisherTodiramphus macleayii
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Beach KingfisherTodiramphus saurophagus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Yellow-billed KingfisherSyma torotoro
Common Paradise-KingfisherTanysiptera galatea

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Blyth's HornbillAceros plicatus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Oriental HobbyFalco severus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Palm CockatooProbosciger aterrimus
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus
Purple-bellied LoryLorius hypoinochrous
Red-chinned LorikeetCharmosyna rubrigularis
Red-flanked LorikeetCharmosyna placentis
Buff-faced Pygmy-ParrotMicropsitta pusio
Double-eyed Fig-ParrotCyclopsitta diophthalma
Red-cheeked ParrotGeoffroyus geoffroyi
Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratus
Papuan Hanging-ParrotLoriculus aurantiifrons

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Hooded PittaPitta sordida
Red-bellied PittaPitta erythrogaster
Noisy PittaPitta versicolor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ptilonorhynchidae

Fawn-breasted BowerbirdChlamydera cerviniventris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Maluridae

Wallace's FairywrenSipodotus wallacii
White-shouldered FairywrenMalurus alboscapulatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Puff-backed HoneyeaterMeliphaga aruensis
Tagula HoneyeaterMeliphaga vicinaEndemic Data deficient
Graceful HoneyeaterMeliphaga gracilis
Varied HoneyeaterLichenostomus versicolor
Brown-backed HoneyeaterRamsayornis modestus
White-chinned MyzomelaMyzomela albigulaEndemic Data deficient
Black MyzomelaMyzomela nigrita
Red-collared MyzomelaMyzomela rosenbergii
Silver-eared HoneyeaterLichmera alboauricularis
Helmeted FriarbirdPhilemon buceroides
Tawny-breasted HoneyeaterXanthotis flaviventer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Large-billed GerygoneGerygone magnirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Melanocharitidae

Dwarf HoneyeaterOedistoma iliolophum
Pygmy HoneyeaterToxorhamphus pygmaeum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cracticidae

Lowland PeltopsPeltops blainvillii
Hooded ButcherbirdCracticus cassicus
Tagula ButcherbirdCracticus louisiadensisEndemic Data deficient

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Sulawesi CicadabirdEdolisoma morio
Common CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostre
Gray-headed CicadabirdEdolisoma schisticeps

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Rufous Shrike-ThrushColluricincla megarhyncha
Gray Shrike-ThrushColluricincla harmonica
Sclater's WhistlerPachycephala soror
Bismarck WhistlerPachycephala citreogaster
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Black-tailed WhistlerPachycephala melanura
Gray WhistlerPachycephala simplex
White-bellied WhistlerPachycephala leucogastra

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Brown OrioleOriolus szalayi
Australasian FigbirdSphecotheres vieilloti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus
Ribbon-tailed DrongoDicrurus megarhynchusEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Golden MonarchCarterornis chrysomela
Island MonarchMonarcha cinerascens
Chestnut-bellied MonarchMonarcha castaneiventris
Black-faced MonarchMonarcha melanopsis
Black MonarchSymposiachrus axillaris
Spectacled MonarchSymposiachrus trivirgatus
Hooded MonarchSymposiachrus manadensis
Spot-winged MonarchSymposiachrus guttula
Leaden FlycatcherMyiagra rubecula
Satin FlycatcherMyiagra cyanoleuca
Shining FlycatcherMyiagra alecto

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Gray CrowCorvus tristis
Torresian CrowCorvus orru

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paradisaeidae

Trumpet ManucodePhonygammus keraudrenii
Curl-crested ManucodeManucodia comrii
Glossy-mantled ManucodeManucodia ater
Huon AstrapiaAstrapia rothschildiEndemic
Goldie's Bird-of-ParadiseParadisaea decoraEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Mangrove RobinEopsaltria pulverulenta

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Striated SwallowCecropis striolata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Mountain WarblerPhylloscopus trivirgatus
Island Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Tawny GrassbirdMegalurus timoriensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Black-crowned White-eyeZosterops atrifrons
Black-fronted White-eyeZosterops minor
White-throated White-eyeZosterops meekiEndemic Data deficient
Capped White-eyeZosterops fuscicapilla
Louisiade White-eyeZosterops griseotinctusEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Metallic StarlingAplonis metallica
Singing StarlingAplonis cantoroides

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Olive-crowned FlowerpeckerDicaeum pectorale
Red-capped FlowerpeckerDicaeum geelvinkianum
Louisiade FlowerpeckerDicaeum nitidumEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Black SunbirdLeptocoma sericea
Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Blue-faced ParrotfinchErythrura trichroa
Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothorax

 

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