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New Britain

This checklist includes all bird species found in New Britain , 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: New Britain
Number of species: 265
Number of endemics: 13
Number of globally threatened species: 15
Date last reviewed: 2006-07-23
See also: http://www.birdsofmelanesia.net/png8html/newbritain.pdf

 
STRUTHIONIFORMES: Casuariidae

Dwarf CassowaryCasuarius bennettiNear-threatened

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Spotted Whistling-DuckDendrocygna guttata
Wandering Whistling-DuckDendrocygna arcuata
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
GarganeyAnas querquedula
Sunda TealAnas gibberifrons
Gray TealAnas gracilis
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Melanesian ScrubfowlMegapodius eremita

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Blue-breasted QuailCoturnix chinensis

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental

 
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
Heinroth's ShearwaterPuffinus heinrothiEndemic Vulnerable

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropica
Matsudaira's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma matsudairaeData deficient

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricaudaRare/Accidental

 
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 sulcirostris
Little Pied CormorantPhalacrocorax melanoleucos

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogasterNear-threatened
Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermediaRare/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

Black Honey-buzzardHenicopernis infuscatusEndemic Vulnerable
Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Variable GoshawkAccipiter hiogaster
Gray GoshawkAccipiter novaehollandiae
Slaty-mantled GoshawkAccipiter luteoschistaceusEndemic Vulnerable
New Britain GoshawkAccipiter princepsEndemic Vulnerable
New Britain SparrowhawkAccipiter brachyurusEndemic Vulnerable
Meyer's GoshawkAccipiter meyerianus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Red-necked CrakeRallina tricolor
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
New Britain RailGallirallus insignisEndemic Near-threatened
Rufous-tailed Bush-henAmaurornis moluccana
Spotless CrakePorzana tabuensis
White-browed CrakePorzana cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Dusky MoorhenGallinula tenebrosa

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Beach Thick-kneeEsacus magnirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalus

 
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 gallinaceaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisVulnerable
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
RuffCalidris pugnax
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenuraRare/Accidental
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Red-backed ButtonquailTurnix maculosus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Australian PratincoleStiltia isabella
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
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
Yellow-legged PigeonColumba pallidicepsVulnerable
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensisRare/Accidental
Slender-billed Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia amboinensis
Black-billed Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia nigrirostris
Mackinlay's Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia mackinlayi
Pied Cuckoo-DoveReinwardtoena browniEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Stephan's DoveChalcophaps stephani
New Britain BronzewingHenicophaps foersteriEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
White-bibbed Ground-DoveGallicolumba jobiensis
Bronze Ground-DoveGallicolumba beccarii
Superb Fruit-DovePtilinopus superbus
White-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus rivoli
Yellow-bibbed Fruit-DovePtilinopus solomonensis
Knob-billed Fruit-DovePtilinopus insolitusEndemic (country/region)
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Red-knobbed Imperial-PigeonDucula rubriceraNear-threatened
Purple-tailed Imperial-PigeonDucula rufigaster
Finsch's Imperial-PigeonDucula finschiiEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Island Imperial-PigeonDucula pistrinaria
Pinon Imperial-PigeonDucula pinon
Bismarck Imperial-PigeonDucula melanochroaEndemic (country/region)
Pied Imperial-PigeonDucula bicolor
Torresian Imperial-PigeonDucula spilorrhoa
Papuan Mountain-PigeonGymnophaps albertisii

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Himalayan CuckooCuculus saturatus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
Shining Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx lucidus
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Violaceous CoucalCentropus violaceusNear-threatened
Pied CoucalCentropus ateralbus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Golden Masked-OwlTyto aurantiaEndemic Vulnerable
Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Bismarck BoobookNinox variegata
New Britain BoobookNinox odiosaEndemic Vulnerable

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
White-rumped SwiftletAerodramus spodiopygius
Mayr's SwiftletAerodramus orientalisData deficient
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis

 
APODIFORMES: Hemiprocnidae

Moustached TreeswiftHemiprocne mystacea

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Bismarck KingfisherCeyx websteriEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Little KingfisherCeyx pusillus
Variable Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx lepidus
Forest KingfisherTodiramphus macleayii
New Britain KingfisherTodiramphus albonotatusEndemic Near-threatened
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Beach KingfisherTodiramphus saurophagus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Buff-breasted Paradise-KingfisherTanysiptera sylvia

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Blyth's HornbillAceros plicatus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Oriental HobbyFalco severus
Australian HobbyFalco longipennis
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita
Blue-eyed CockatooCacatua ophthalmicaEndemic Vulnerable

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus
Purple-bellied LoryLorius hypoinochrousEndemic (country/region)
Black-capped LoryLorius lory
Red-chinned LorikeetCharmosyna rubrigularis
Red-flanked LorikeetCharmosyna placentis
Buff-faced Pygmy-ParrotMicropsitta pusio
Red-breasted Pygmy-ParrotMicropsitta bruijnii
Singing ParrotGeoffroyus heteroclitus
Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratus
Green-fronted Hanging-ParrotLoriculus tenerEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Red-bellied PittaPitta erythrogaster

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Ashy MyzomelaMyzomela cineracea
Red MyzomelaMyzomela cruentata
Black MyzomelaMyzomela nigrita
Red-headed MyzomelaMyzomela erythrocephala
Scarlet-bibbed MyzomelaMyzomela sclateri
Ebony MyzomelaMyzomela pammelaenaEndemic (country/region)
Black-bellied MyzomelaMyzomela erythromelasEndemic
New Britain FriarbirdPhilemon cockerelli
Bismarck MelidectesMelidectes whitemanensisEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

Bismarck WoodswallowArtamus insignis
Black-faced WoodswallowArtamus cinereus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Barred CuckooshrikeCoracina lineata
Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Common CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostre

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Bismarck WhistlerPachycephala citreogaster
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Black-tailed WhistlerPachycephala melanura

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Brown OrioleOriolus szalayi
Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Bismarck FantailRhipidura dahli

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Island MonarchMonarcha cinerascens
Black-tailed MonarchSymposiachrus verticalisEndemic (country/region)
Leaden FlycatcherMyiagra rubecula
Satin FlycatcherMyiagra cyanoleuca
Shining FlycatcherMyiagra alecto
Dull FlycatcherMyiagra hebetior

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Bismarck CrowCorvus insularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Torrent FlycatcherMonachella muelleriana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Island Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Clamorous Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus
Australian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus australis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Tawny GrassbirdMegalurus timoriensis
Gray's Grasshopper-WarblerLocustella fasciolata
Bismarck ThicketbirdMegalurulus grosvenoriEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Guadalcanal ThicketbirdMegalurulus whitneyiNear-threatened
Rusty ThicketbirdMegalurulus rubiginosusEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Black-crowned White-eyeZosterops atrifrons
Black-headed White-eyeZosterops hypoxanthus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Pied BushchatSaxicola caprata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

New Britain ThrushZoothera talaseaeNear-threatened
Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Metallic StarlingAplonis metallica
Yellow-eyed StarlingAplonis mystaceaNear-threatened
Singing StarlingAplonis cantoroides
Atoll StarlingAplonis feadensisNear-threatened
Yellow-faced MynaMino dumontii
Long-tailed MynaMino kreffti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Red-banded FlowerpeckerDicaeum eximium

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Black SunbirdLeptocoma sericea
Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Blue-faced ParrotfinchErythrura trichroa
Hooded MuniaLonchura spectabilis
Bismarck MuniaLonchura melaena

 

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