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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, version 2016. 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 [map]
Number of species: 347
Number of endemics: 8
Number of globally threatened species: 6
Number of introduced species: 2

 
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
Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Beck's PetrelPseudobulweria beckiCritically endangered
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelasNear-threatened
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesNear-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna 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

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostrisRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Forest BitternZonerodius heliosylusNear-threatened
Great-billed HeronArdea sumatrana
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Pied HeronEgretta picata
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
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Gray-headed GoshawkAccipiter poliocephalus
Collared SparrowhawkAccipiter cirrocephalus
Doria's GoshawkMegatriorchis doriaeNear-threatened
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Red-necked CrakeRallina tricolor
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Bare-eyed RailGymnocrex plumbeiventris
Rufous-tailed Bush-henAmaurornis moluccana
White-browed CrakeAmaurornis cinerea
Black-backed SwamphenPorphyrio indicus
Australasian SwamphenPorphyrio melanotus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Bush Thick-kneeBurhinus grallarius
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
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Comb-crested JacanaIrediparra gallinacea

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Little CurlewNumenius minutus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisEndangered
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisEndangered
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaNear-threatened
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisNear-threatened
SanderlingCalidris alba
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Red-backed ButtonquailTurnix maculosus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

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

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Amboyna Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia amboinensis
Black-billed Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia nigrirostris
Mackinlay's Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia mackinlayi
Great Cuckoo-DoveReinwardtoena reinwardti
Pacific Emerald DoveChalcophaps longirostris
Stephan's DoveChalcophaps stephani
New Guinea BronzewingHenicophaps albifrons
Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
Cinnamon Ground-DoveGallicolumba rufigula
White-bibbed Ground-DoveGallicolumba jobiensis
Bronze Ground-DoveGallicolumba beccarii
Thick-billed Ground-PigeonTrugon terrestris
Pheasant PigeonOtidiphaps nobilis
Wompoo Fruit-DovePtilinopus magnificus
Pink-spotted Fruit-DovePtilinopus perlatus
Orange-fronted Fruit-DovePtilinopus aurantiifrons
Superb Fruit-DovePtilinopus superbus
Coroneted Fruit-DovePtilinopus coronulatus
Beautiful Fruit-DovePtilinopus pulchellus
White-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus rivoli
Claret-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus viridis
Orange-bellied Fruit-DovePtilinopus iozonus
Knob-billed Fruit-DovePtilinopus insolitus
Dwarf Fruit-DovePtilinopus nainus
Elegant Imperial-PigeonDucula concinna
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Purple-tailed Imperial-PigeonDucula rufigaster
Island Imperial-PigeonDucula pistrinaria
Pinon's Imperial-PigeonDucula pinon
Zoe Imperial-PigeonDucula zoeae
Pied Imperial-PigeonDucula bicolor
Torresian Imperial-PigeonDucula spilorrhoa
Papuan Mountain-PigeonGymnophaps albertisii

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater Black CoucalCentropus menbeki
Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus
Dwarf KoelMicrodynamis parva
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Pacific KoelEudynamys orientalis
Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensisRare/Accidental
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Shining Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx lucidus
White-eared Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx meyerii
Little Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx minutillus
White-crowned KoelCacomantis leucolophus
Chestnut-breasted CuckooCacomantis castaneiventris
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Sooty OwlTyto tenebricosa

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Rufous OwlNinox rufa
Barking OwlNinox connivens
Papuan BoobookNinox theomacha
Papuan OwlUroglaux dimorphaData deficient

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Podargidae

Marbled FrogmouthPodargus ocellatus
Papuan FrogmouthPodargus papuensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

White-throated NightjarEurostopodus mystacalis
Papuan NightjarEurostopodus papuensis
Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Aegothelidae

Barred Owlet-nightjarAegotheles bennettii

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Papuan Spinetailed SwiftMearnsia novaeguineae
White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutus
Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
Mountain SwiftletAerodramus hirundinaceus
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis
Pacific SwiftApus pacificus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Hemiprocnidae

Moustached TreeswiftHemiprocne mystacea

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Blyth's HornbillRhyticeros plicatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Azure KingfisherCeyx azureus
Little KingfisherCeyx pusillus
Papuan Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx solitarius
Rufous-bellied KookaburraDacelo gaudichaud
Shovel-billed KookaburraClytoceyx rex
Forest KingfisherTodiramphus macleayii
Colonist KingfisherTodiramphus colonus
Torresian KingfisherTodiramphus sordidus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Beach KingfisherTodiramphus saurophagus
Hook-billed KingfisherMelidora macrorrhina
Yellow-billed KingfisherSyma torotoro
Mountain KingfisherSyma megarhyncha
Common Paradise-KingfisherTanysiptera galatea

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus
Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Australian KestrelFalco cenchroides
Oriental HobbyFalco severus
Australian HobbyFalco longipennis
Brown FalconFalco berigora
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Palm CockatooProbosciger aterrimus
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Papuan PittaErythropitta macklotii
Louisiade PittaErythropitta meekiEndemic Data deficient
Hooded PittaPitta sordida
Noisy PittaPitta versicolor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ptilonorhynchidae

Fawn-breasted BowerbirdChlamydera cerviniventris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Maluridae

Wallace's FairywrenSipodotus wallacii
Emperor FairywrenMalurus cyanocephalus
White-shouldered FairywrenMalurus alboscapulatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Plain HoneyeaterPycnopygius ixoides
Streak-headed HoneyeaterPycnopygius stictocephalus
Puff-backed HoneyeaterMeliphaga aruensis
Scrub HoneyeaterMeliphaga albonotata
Mimic HoneyeaterMeliphaga analoga
Tagula HoneyeaterMeliphaga vicinaEndemic Data deficient
Graceful HoneyeaterMeliphaga gracilis
Elegant HoneyeaterMeliphaga cinereifronsEndemic (country/region)
Varied HoneyeaterGavicalis versicolor
Brown-backed HoneyeaterRamsayornis modestus
Long-billed HoneyeaterMelilestes megarhynchus
Tawny StraightbillTimeliopsis griseigula
White-chinned MyzomelaMyzomela albigulaEndemic Data deficient
Ruby-throated MyzomelaMyzomela eques
Dusky MyzomelaMyzomela obscura
Papuan Black MyzomelaMyzomela nigrita
Red-collared MyzomelaMyzomela rosenbergii
Green-backed HoneyeaterGlycichaera fallax
Silver-eared HoneyeaterLichmera alboauricularis
Tawny-breasted HoneyeaterXanthotis flaviventer
Spotted HoneyeaterXanthotis polygrammus
Meyer's FriarbirdPhilemon meyeri
Helmeted FriarbirdPhilemon buceroides

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Green-backed GerygoneGerygone chloronota
Yellow-bellied GerygoneGerygone chrysogaster
Large-billed GerygoneGerygone magnirostris
Mangrove GerygoneGerygone levigaster

 
PASSERIFORMES: Melanocharitidae

Black BerrypeckerMelanocharis nigra
Spectacled LongbillOedistoma iliolophus
Pygmy LongbillOedistoma pygmaeum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclosomatidae

Painted Quail-thrushCinclosoma ajax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Machaerirhynchidae

Yellow-breasted BoatbillMachaerirhynchus flaviventer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

Great WoodswallowArtamus maximus
White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cracticidae

Lowland PeltopsPeltops blainvillii
Hooded ButcherbirdCracticus cassicus
Tagula ButcherbirdCracticus louisiadensisEndemic Data deficient

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Rusty PitohuiColluricincla ferruginea
Little ShrikethrushColluricincla megarhyncha
Gray ShrikethrushColluricincla harmonica
Black PitohuiMelanorectes nigrescens
Sclater's WhistlerPachycephala soror
Louisiade WhistlerPachycephala collaris
Black-tailed WhistlerPachycephala melanura
Gray WhistlerPachycephala simplex
White-bellied WhistlerPachycephala leucogastra

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Variable PitohuiPitohui kirhocephalus
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
Sooty Thicket-FantailRhipidura threnothorax
Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Golden MonarchCarterornis chrysomela
Island MonarchMonarcha cinerascens
Chestnut-bellied MonarchMonarcha castaneiventris
Black-faced MonarchMonarcha melanopsis
Fantailed MonarchSymposiachrus axillaris
Spectacled MonarchSymposiachrus trivirgatus
Hooded MonarchSymposiachrus manadensis
Spot-winged MonarchSymposiachrus guttula
Frilled MonarchArses telescopthalmus
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
Twelve-wired Bird-of-ParadiseSeleucidis melanoleucusIntroduced species
Magnificent RiflebirdPtiloris magnificus
Huon AstrapiaAstrapia rothschildiEndemic
King Bird-of-ParadiseCicinnurus regius
Goldie's Bird-of-ParadiseParadisaea decoraEndemic Vulnerable
Raggiana Bird-of-ParadiseParadisaea raggiana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Torrent FlycatcherMonachella muelleriana
Lemon-bellied FlycatcherMicroeca flavigaster
Olive FlyrobinMicroeca flavovirescens
Mangrove RobinEopsaltria pulverulenta
Papuan Scrub-RobinDrymodes beccariiEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Striated SwallowCecropis striolata
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Mountain WarblerPhylloscopus trivirgatus
Island Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus maforensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Tawny GrassbirdMegalurus timoriensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Black-crowned White-eyeZosterops atrifrons
Black-fronted White-eyeZosterops minor
Tagula 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
Yellow-faced MynaMino dumontii
Golden MynaMino anais

 
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
Streak-headed MuniaLonchura tristissimaIntroduced species
Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothorax

 

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