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Seychelles

This checklist includes all bird species found in Seychelles , 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: Seychelles
Number of species: 257
Number of endemics: 15
Number of globally threatened species: 13
Number of extinct species: 2
Number of introduced species: 12
Date last reviewed: 2013-01-12
See also: http://www.seychellesbirdrecordscommittee.com/the-seychelles-list.html

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotosRare/Accidental
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelopeRare/Accidental
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeataRare/Accidental
Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhynchaRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
GarganeyAnas querquedula
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Gray FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianusIntroduced species
Common QuailCoturnix coturnixRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollisRare/Accidental

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Herald PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental
Jouanin's PetrelBulweria fallaxRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipesRare/Accidental
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marinaRare/Accidental
Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma monorhisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Matsudaira's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma matsudairaeRare/Accidental Data deficient

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereusRare/Accidental
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

White StorkCiconia ciconiaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minor
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula
Abbott's BoobyPapasula abbottiExtirpated Endangered

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboRare/Accidental
Long-tailed CormorantPhalacrocorax africanusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescensExtirpated

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellarisRare/Accidental
Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeusRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpureaRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermediaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloidesRare/Accidental
Indian Pond-HeronArdeola grayiiRare/Accidental
Madagascar Pond-HeronArdeola idaeEndangered
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusRare/Accidental
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusRare/Accidental
Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosusRare/Accidental
Reunion HarrierCircus maillardiRare/Accidental
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Corn CrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
White-throated RailDryolimnas cuvieri
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Little CrakePorzana parvaRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Striped CrakeAenigmatolimnas marginalisRare/Accidental
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrioExtirpated
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Indian Thick-kneeBurhinus indicusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Spur-winged PloverVanellus spinosusRare/Accidental
Sociable LapwingVanellus gregariusRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Caspian PloverCharadrius asiaticusRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusRare/Accidental
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesRare/Accidental
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanusRare/Accidental
Little CurlewNumenius minutusRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiRare/Accidental
Long-toed StintCalidris subminutaRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
Little StintCalidris minuta
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusRare/Accidental
Great SnipeGallinago mediaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinagoRare/Accidental
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenuraRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Dromadidae

Crab PloverDromas ardeola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincolaRare/Accidental
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarumRare/Accidental
Black-winged PratincoleGlareola nordmanniRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Madagascar PratincoleGlareola ocularisRare/Accidental Vulnerable

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Sooty GullIchthyaetus hemprichiiRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatusRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Lesser NoddyAnous tenuirostris
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Saunders's TernSternula saundersi
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridaRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
White-cheeked TernSterna repressaRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisRare/Accidental
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turturRare/Accidental
Madagascar Turtle-DoveStreptopelia picturata
Namaqua DoveOena capensisRare/Accidental
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Comoro Blue-PigeonAlectroenas sganziniEndemic (country/region)
Seychelles Blue-PigeonAlectroenas pulcherrimusEndemic

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Pied CuckooClamator jacobinusRare/Accidental
Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalusRare/Accidental
Madagascar CoucalCentropus toulou

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto albaIntroduced species

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

European Scops-OwlOtus scopsRare/Accidental
Seychelles Scops-OwlOtus insularisEndemic Endangered

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental
Madagascar NightjarCaprimulgus madagascariensis

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Seychelles SwiftletAerodramus elaphrusEndemic Vulnerable
Alpine SwiftApus melbaRare/Accidental
Common SwiftApus apusRare/Accidental
Pacific SwiftApus pacificusRare/Accidental
Little SwiftApus affinisRare/Accidental
African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephalaRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicusRare/Accidental
Madagascar Bee-eaterMerops superciliosusRare/Accidental
European Bee-eaterMerops apiasterRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanniRare/Accidental
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculusRare/Accidental
Madagascar KestrelFalco newtoni
Seychelles KestrelFalco araeaEndemic Vulnerable
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonoraeRare/Accidental
Sooty FalconFalco concolorRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteoRare/Accidental
Saker FalconFalco cherrugRare/Accidental Endangered
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusRare/Accidental

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Seychelles ParakeetPsittacula wardiEndemic Extinct
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species
Gray-headed LovebirdAgapornis canusExtirpated
Seychelles ParrotMascarinus barklyiEndemic
Lesser Vasa-ParrotMascarinus niger

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minorRare/Accidental
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Aldabra DrongoDicrurus aldabranusEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Seychelles Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone corvinaEndemic Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species
Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Bimaculated LarkMelanocorypha bimaculataRare/Accidental
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Plain MartinRiparia paludicolaRare/Accidental
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Mascarene MartinPhedina borbonicaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithiiRare/Accidental
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosusIntroduced species
Madagascar BulbulHypsipetes madagascariensis
Seychelles BulbulHypsipetes crassirostrisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusRare/Accidental
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaRare/Accidental
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Aldabra Brush-WarblerNesillas aldabranaEndemic Extinct
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaRare/Accidental
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisRare/Accidental
Seychelles WarblerAcrocephalus sechellensisEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Madagascar CisticolaCisticola cherina

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylvidae

BlackcapSylvia atricapillaRare/Accidental
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
Greater WhitethroatSylvia communisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Mayotte White-eyeZosterops mayottensis
Madagascar White-eyeZosterops maderaspatanus
Seychelles White-eyeZosterops modestusEndemic Endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
Seychelles Magpie-RobinCopsychus sechellarumEndemic Endangered
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Rufous-tailed Rock-ThrushMonticola saxatilisRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurusRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschankaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellinaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental
Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinereaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Souimanga SunbirdCinnyris souimanga
Seychelles SunbirdCinnyris dussumieriEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla albaRare/Accidental
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusRare/Accidental
Yellow-fronted CanarySerinus mozambicusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Red FodyFoudia madagascariensisIntroduced species
Red-headed FodyFoudia eminentissima
Seychelles FodyFoudia sechellarumEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species

 

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