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Polynesia

This checklist includes all bird species found in 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: Polynesia
Description: includes American Samoa, Western Samoa, Cook Island, Pitcairn, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Niue
Number of species: 224
Number of endemics: 64
Number of breeding endemics: 3
Number of globally threatened species: 50
Number of extinct species: 11
Number of introduced species: 19

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Eastern Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Niuafoou ScrubfowlMegapodius pritchardiiEndemic Endangered
Melanesian ScrubfowlMegapodius eremitaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species
Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusIntroduced species

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Gray-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostomaRare/Accidental Endangered
Buller's AlbatrossThalassarche bulleriNear-threatened
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halliRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultimaBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriVulnerable
Henderson PetrelPterodroma atrataBreeding endemic Endangered
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
Juan Fernandez PetrelPterodroma externaVulnerable
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalis
Bonin PetrelPterodroma hypoleuca
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaBreeding endemic Endangered
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Gray PetrelProcellaria cinereaNear-threatened
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialisVulnerable
Pink-footed ShearwaterPuffinus creatopusVulnerable
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipes
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Buller's ShearwaterPuffinus bulleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
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 marinaRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental
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
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental
Striated HeronButorides striata

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swamp HarrierCircus approximansIntroduced species

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Tahiti RailGallirallus pacificusEndemic Extinct
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Spotless CrakePorzana tabuensis
Henderson Island CrakePorzana atraEndemic Vulnerable
White-browed CrakePorzana cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Samoan MoorhenGallinula pacificaEndemic Critically endangered (possibly extinct)

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Kiritimati SandpiperProsobonia cancellataEndemic Extinct
White-winged SandpiperProsobonia leucopteraEndemic Extinct
Moorea SandpiperProsobonia ellisiEndemic Extinct
Tuamotu SandpiperProsobonia parvirostrisEndemic Endangered
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Kelp GullLarus dominicanusRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Gray NoddyProcelsterna albivitta
Blue-gray NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusRare/Accidental
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Polynesian Ground-DoveGallicolumba erythropteraEndemic Critically endangered
Friendly Ground-DoveGallicolumba stairiVulnerable
Marquesas Ground-DoveGallicolumba rubescensEndemic Vulnerable
Tooth-billed PigeonDidunculus strigirostrisEndemic Critically endangered
Many-colored Fruit-DovePtilinopus perousiiEndemic
Crimson-crowned Fruit-DovePtilinopus porphyraceus
Cook Islands Fruit-DovePtilinopus rarotongensisEndemic 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
Henderson Island Fruit-DovePtilinopus insularisEndemic Vulnerable
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Polynesian Imperial-PigeonDucula auroraeEndemic Endangered
Marquesas Imperial-PigeonDucula galeataEndemic Endangered

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Australian Masked-OwlTyto novaehollandiaeIntroduced species
Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusIntroduced species

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

White-rumped SwiftletAerodramus spodiopygius
Atiu SwiftletAerodramus sawtelliEndemic Vulnerable
Polynesian SwiftletAerodramus leucophaeusEndemic
Marquesan SwiftletAerodramus ocistusEndemic

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Flat-billed KingfisherTodiramphus recurvirostrisEndemic
Tahiti KingfisherTodiramphus veneratusEndemic
Mangaia KingfisherTodiramphus ruficollarisEndemic Vulnerable
Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutusEndemic
Marquesas KingfisherTodiramphus godeffroyiEndemic Critically endangered
Tuamotu KingfisherTodiramphus gambieriEndemic Critically endangered

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Aplomado FalconFalco femoralisRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Red Shining-ParrotProsopeia tabuensisIntroduced species
Raiatea ParakeetCyanoramphus ulietanusEndemic Extinct
Black-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus zealandicusEndemic Extinct
Blue-crowned LorikeetVini australisEndemic
Kuhl's LorikeetVini kuhliiEndemic Endangered
Stephen's LorikeetVini stepheniEndemic Vulnerable
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaEndemic Vulnerable
Ultramarine LorikeetVini ultramarinaEndemic Endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Cardinal MyzomelaMyzomela cardinalis
Eastern Wattled-HoneyeaterFoulehaio carunculatus
MaoGymnomyza samoensisEndemic Endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Polynesian TrillerLalage maculosa
Samoan TrillerLalage sharpeiEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Samoan WhistlerPachycephala flavifronsEndemic
Tongan WhistlerPachycephala jacquinotiEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Samoan FantailRhipidura nebulosaEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Tahiti MonarchPomarea nigraEndemic Critically endangered
Maupiti MonarchPomarea pomareaEndemic Extinct
Rarotonga MonarchPomarea dimidiataEndemic Vulnerable
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
Fiji ShrikebillClytorhynchus vitiensis
Samoan FlycatcherMyiagra albiventrisEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Pacific RobinPetroica multicolor
Scarlet RobinPetroica boodang

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus caferIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Southern Marquesan Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus mendanae
Pitcairn Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus vaughaniEndemic Endangered
Henderson Island Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus taitiEndemic Vulnerable
Cook Islands Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus kerearakoEndemic Near-threatened
Rimitara Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus rimitaraeEndemic Vulnerable
Society Islands Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus musaeEndemic
Tahiti Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus cafferEndemic Endangered
Moorea Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus longirostrisEndemic
Northern Marquesan Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus percernis
Tuamotu Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus atyphusEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Silver-eyeZosterops lateralisIntroduced species
Samoan White-eyeZosterops samoensisEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Polynesian StarlingAplonis tabuensis
Samoan StarlingAplonis atrifuscaEndemic
Rarotonga StarlingAplonis cinerascensEndemic Vulnerable
Mysterious StarlingAplonis mavornataEndemic Extinct
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscusIntroduced species
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Crimson-backed TanagerRamphocelus dimidiatusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species
Red AvadavatAmandava amandavaIntroduced species
Red-browed FiretailNeochmia temporalisIntroduced species
Red-headed ParrotfinchErythrura cyaneovirens
Royal ParrotfinchErythrura regia
Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothoraxIntroduced species
Java SparrowLonchura oryzivoraIntroduced species Vulnerable

 

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