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Palau

This checklist includes all bird species found in Palau , 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: Palau
Number of species: 160
Number of endemics: 11
Number of globally threatened species: 7
Number of introduced species: 5
Date last reviewed: 2013-12-08
See also: http://www.rosssilcock.com/pacific.htm

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern PintailAnas acuta
GarganeyAnas querquedula
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Micronesian ScrubfowlMegapodius laperouseEndemic (country/region) Endangered

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriVulnerable
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Matsudaira's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma matsudairaeVulnerable

 
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
Little Pied CormorantPhalacrocorax melanoleucos

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Schrenck's BitternIxobrychus eurhythmusRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinereaRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Chinese Pond-HeronArdeola bacchusRare/Accidental
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Rufous Night-HeronNycticorax caledonicus
Japanese Night-HeronGorsachius goisagiRare/Accidental Endangered
Malayan Night-HeronGorsachius melanolophusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Gray-faced BuzzardButastur indicusRare/Accidental
Chinese SparrowhawkAccipiter soloensis
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Red-legged CrakeRallina fasciataRare/Accidental
Slaty-legged CrakeRallina eurizonoides
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Rufous-tailed Bush-henAmaurornis moluccanaRare/Accidental
White-browed CrakePorzana cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusRare/Accidental
Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental
Red-kneed DotterelErythrogonys cinctusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Little CurlewNumenius minutusRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisVulnerable
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisVulnerable
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Little StintCalidris minutaRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
Palau Ground-DoveGallicolumba canifronsEndemic Near-threatened
Palau Fruit-DovePtilinopus pelewensisEndemic
Micronesian Imperial-PigeonDucula oceanicaEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Chestnut-winged CuckooClamator coromandusRare/Accidental
Hodgson's Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx nisicolorRare/Accidental
Northern Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx hyperythrusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosusRare/Accidental
Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensisRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Palau OwlPyrroglaux podarginaEndemic

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Palau NightjarCaprimulgus phalaenaEndemic Near-threatened

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis
Palau SwiftletAerodramus pelewensisEndemic
Caroline Islands SwiftletAerodramus inquietus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Micronesian KingfisherTodiramphus cinnamominus
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galeritaIntroduced species

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Micronesian MyzomelaMyzomela rubratraEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Common CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostre

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

MorningbirdPachycephala tenebrosaEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Brown ShrikeLanius cristatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Palau FantailRhipidura lepidaEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Palau FlycatcherMyiagra erythropsEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Asian House-MartinDelichon dasypusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cettiidae

Palau Bush-WarblerHorornis annaeEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolataRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Giant White-eyeMegazosterops palauensisEndemic Near-threatened
Caroline Islands White-eyeZosterops semperiEndemic (country/region)
Dusky White-eyeZosterops finschiiEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Gray-streaked FlycatcherMuscicapa griseisticta
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliopeRare/Accidental
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissinaRare/Accidental
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitariusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Micronesian StarlingAplonis opacaEndemic (country/region)
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingSturnia philippensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensis
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla albaRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Blue-faced ParrotfinchErythrura trichroa
Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulataExtirpated
Chestnut MuniaLonchura atricapillaIntroduced species

 

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