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Solomons archipelago

This checklist includes all bird species found in Solomons archipelago , 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: Solomons archipelago
Description: includes the Solomons and Bougainville (PG, also called North Solomons)
Number of species: 345
Number of endemics: 82
Number of globally threatened species: 29
Number of extinct species: 2
Number of introduced species: 3

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Spotted Whistling-DuckDendrocygna guttataRare/Accidental
Plumed Whistling-DuckDendrocygna eytoniRare/Accidental
Radjah ShelduckTadorna radjah
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Gray TealAnas gracilis
White-eyed DuckAythya australisRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Melanesian ScrubfowlMegapodius eremita

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallus
Black GrouseTetrao tetrixRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldicaRare/Accidental
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
Juan Fernandez PetrelPterodroma externaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalis
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennisRare/Accidental
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Beck's PetrelPseudobulweria beckiCritically endangered
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelasRare/Accidental
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipes
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Fluttering ShearwaterPuffinus gaviaRare/Accidental
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Heinroth's ShearwaterPuffinus heinrothiVulnerable

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaRare/Accidental Endangered
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castro
Matsudaira's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma matsudairaeVulnerable

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Christmas Island FrigatebirdFregata andrewsiCritically endangered
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula
Abbott's BoobyPapasula abbottiRare/Accidental Endangered

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostrisRare/Accidental
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboRare/Accidental
Little Pied CormorantPhalacrocorax melanoleucos

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermediaRare/Accidental
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Striated HeronButorides striata
Rufous Night-HeronNycticorax caledonicus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Australian IbisThreskiornis moluccus
Royal SpoonbillPlatalea regia

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Swamp HarrierCircus approximans
Variable GoshawkAccipiter hiogaster
Gray GoshawkAccipiter novaehollandiae
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Pied GoshawkAccipiter albogularis
Imitator SparrowhawkAccipiter imitatorEndemic Vulnerable
Meyer's GoshawkAccipiter meyerianus
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Sanford's Sea-EagleHaliaeetus sanfordiEndemic Vulnerable

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Woodford's RailNesoclopeus woodfordiEndemic
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Roviana RailGallirallus rovianaeEndemic Near-threatened
Rufous-tailed Bush-henAmaurornis moluccana
Spotless CrakePorzana tabuensis
White-browed CrakePorzana cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Makira MoorhenGallinula silvestrisEndemic Critically endangered
Dusky MoorhenGallinula tenebrosa

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Beach Thick-kneeEsacus magnirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Masked LapwingVanellus miles
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/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 glareolaRare/Accidental
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisVulnerable
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Asian DowitcherLimnodromus semipalmatusNear-threatened
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Red-backed ButtonquailTurnix maculosus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Australian PratincoleStiltia isabella
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarumRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Lesser NoddyAnous tenuirostris
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
White-fronted TernSterna striata
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensisRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Yellow-legged PigeonColumba pallidicepsVulnerable
Mackinlay's Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia mackinlayi
Crested Cuckoo-DoveReinwardtoena crassirostrisEndemic Near-threatened
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Stephan's DoveChalcophaps stephani
Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
White-bibbed Ground-DoveGallicolumba jobiensis
Santa Cruz Ground-DoveGallicolumba sanctaecrucisEndangered
Thick-billed Ground-DoveGallicolumba salamonisEndemic Extinct
Bronze Ground-DoveGallicolumba beccarii
Choiseul PigeonMicrogoura meekiEndemic Extinct
Superb Fruit-DovePtilinopus superbus
Silver-capped Fruit-DovePtilinopus richardsiiEndemic
Red-bellied Fruit-DovePtilinopus greyi
Yellow-bibbed Fruit-DovePtilinopus solomonensis
Claret-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus viridis
White-headed Fruit-DovePtilinopus eugeniaeEndemic Near-threatened
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Red-knobbed Imperial-PigeonDucula rubriceraNear-threatened
Island Imperial-PigeonDucula pistrinaria
Chestnut-bellied Imperial-PigeonDucula brenchleyiEndemic Vulnerable
Pale Mountain-PigeonGymnophaps solomonensisEndemic

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Himalayan CuckooCuculus saturatus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatusRare/Accidental
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
Fan-tailed CuckooCacomantis flabelliformis
Shining Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx lucidus
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Australian KoelEudynamys cyanocephalus
Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Buff-headed CoucalCentropus miloEndemic

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Fearful OwlNesasio solomonensisEndemic Vulnerable
Solomons BoobookNinox jacquinotiEndemic

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Aegothelidae

Australian Owlet-NightjarAegotheles cristatus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Podargidae

Marbled FrogmouthPodargus ocellatus
Papuan FrogmouthPodargus papuensis
Solomons FrogmouthRigidipenna inexpectataEndemic Near-threatened

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Solomons NightjarEurostopodus nigripennisEndemic Vulnerable
White-throated NightjarEurostopodus mystacalis
Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

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

 
APODIFORMES: Hemiprocnidae

Moustached TreeswiftHemiprocne mystacea

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Little KingfisherCeyx pusillus
Variable Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx lepidus
Forest KingfisherTodiramphus macleayii
Ultramarine KingfisherTodiramphus leucopygiusEndemic
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Beach KingfisherTodiramphus saurophagus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Moustached KingfisherActenoides bougainvilleiEndemic

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Blyth's HornbillAceros plicatus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Oriental HobbyFalco severus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Ducorps's CockatooCacatua ducorpsiiEndemic

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Red-breasted Pygmy-ParrotMicropsitta bruijnii
Finsch's Pygmy-ParrotMicropsitta finschii
Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratus
Singing ParrotGeoffroyus heteroclitus
Palm LorikeetCharmosyna palmarumVulnerable
Meek's LorikeetCharmosyna meekiEndemic Near-threatened
Red-flanked LorikeetCharmosyna placentis
Duchess LorikeetCharmosyna margarethaeEndemic Near-threatened
Cardinal LoryChalcopsitta cardinalis
Yellow-bibbed LoryLorius chlorocercusEndemic
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Black-faced PittaPitta anerythraEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Guadalcanal HoneyeaterGuadalcanaria inexpectataEndemic
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephalaIntroduced species
Cardinal MyzomelaMyzomela cardinalis
Scarlet-naped MyzomelaMyzomela lafargeiEndemic
Yellow-vented MyzomelaMyzomela eichhorniEndemic
Red-bellied MyzomelaMyzomela malaitaeEndemic Near-threatened
Black-headed MyzomelaMyzomela melanocephalaEndemic
Sooty MyzomelaMyzomela tristramiEndemic
Makira MelidectesMeliarchus sclateriEndemic
Bougainville HoneyeaterStresemannia bougainvilleiEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Mountain GerygoneGerygone cinerea
Fan-tailed GerygoneGerygone flavolateralis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cracticidae

Australasian MagpieGymnorhina tibicenIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Barred CuckooshrikeCoracina lineata
Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
North Melanesian CuckooshrikeCoracina welchmaniEndemic
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
South Melanesian CuckooshrikeCoracina caledonica
Polynesian TrillerLalage maculosa
Long-tailed TrillerLalage leucopyga
Makira CicadabirdEdolisoma salomonisEndemic
Solomons CuckooshrikeEdolisoma holopoliumEndemic Near-threatened
Common CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostre

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Vanuatu WhistlerPachycephala chlorura
Guadalcanal Hooded WhistlerPachycephala implicataEndemic
Bougainville Hooded WhistlerPachycephala richardsiEndemic
Temotu WhistlerPachycephala utupuae
Oriole WhistlerPachycephala orioloides
Rennell WhistlerPachycephala femininaEndemic
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Black-tailed WhistlerPachycephala melanura

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus
Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Cockerell's FantailRhipidura cockerelliEndemic Near-threatened
Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Malaita FantailRhipidura malaitaeEndemic Vulnerable
Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons
Brown FantailRhipidura drowneiEndemic
Dusky FantailRhipidura tenebrosaEndemic Near-threatened
Rennell FantailRhipidura rennellianaEndemic
Gray FantailRhipidura albiscapa
New Zealand FantailRhipidura fuliginosa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Vanikoro MonarchMayrornis schistaceusEndemic Vulnerable
Rennell ShrikebillClytorhynchus hamliniEndemic
Black-throated ShrikebillClytorhynchus nigrogularis
Island MonarchMonarcha cinerascens
White-capped MonarchMonarcha richardsiiEndemic
Chestnut-bellied MonarchMonarcha castaneiventrisEndemic
Bougainville MonarchMonarcha erythrostictusEndemic
Black-and-white MonarchSymposiachrus barbatusEndemic Near-threatened
Kulambangra MonarchSymposiachrus browniEndemic Near-threatened
White-collared MonarchSymposiachrus viduaEndemic
Steel-blue FlycatcherMyiagra ferrocyaneaEndemic
Ochre-headed FlycatcherMyiagra cervinicaudaEndemic Near-threatened
Melanesian FlycatcherMyiagra caledonica
Vanikoro FlycatcherMyiagra vanikorensis
Satin FlycatcherMyiagra cyanoleuca

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Guadalcanal CrowCorvus woodfordiEndemic
Bougainville CrowCorvus meekiEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Pacific RobinPetroica multicolor
Scarlet RobinPetroica boodang

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cettiidae

Shade WarblerHorornis parensEndemic
OdediHorornis haddeniEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Sulphur-breasted WarblerPhylloscopus ricketti
Mountain WarblerPhylloscopus trivirgatus
Island Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus poliocephalus
Makira Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus makirensisEndemic
Kulambangra Leaf-WarblerPhylloscopus amoenusEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Oriental Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis
Clamorous Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus
Australian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus australis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Bougainville ThicketbirdMegalurulus llaneaeEndemic Near-threatened
Guadalcanal ThicketbirdMegalurulus whitneyiNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Bare-eyed White-eyeWoodfordia superciliosaEndemic
Sanford's White-eyeWoodfordia lacertosaEndemic Near-threatened
Louisiade White-eyeZosterops griseotinctusEndemic (country/region)
Rennell White-eyeZosterops rennellianusEndemic
Banded White-eyeZosterops vellalavellaEndemic Near-threatened
Ganongga White-eyeZosterops splendidusEndemic Vulnerable
Splendid White-eyeZosterops luteirostrisEndemic Endangered
Yellow-throated White-eyeZosterops metcalfiiEndemic
Solomons White-eyeZosterops kulambangraeEndemic
Kulambangra White-eyeZosterops murphyiEndemic
Gray-throated White-eyeZosterops ugiensisEndemic
Malaita White-eyeZosterops stresemanniEndemic
Santa Cruz White-eyeZosterops santaecrucisEndemic
Vanikoro White-eyeZosterops gibbsiEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Makira ThrushZoothera margaretaeEndemic Near-threatened
Guadalcanal ThrushZoothera turipavaeEndemic Vulnerable
Olive-tailed ThrushZoothera lunulata
Bougainville ThrushZoothera atrigenaEndemic
Russet-tailed ThrushZoothera heinei
Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Metallic StarlingAplonis metallica
Singing StarlingAplonis cantoroides
Atoll StarlingAplonis feadensisNear-threatened
Rennell StarlingAplonis insularisEndemic
White-eyed StarlingAplonis brunneicapillusEndemic Endangered
Brown-winged StarlingAplonis grandisEndemic
Makira StarlingAplonis dichroaEndemic
Rusty-winged StarlingAplonis zelandicaNear-threatened
Polynesian StarlingAplonis tabuensis
Yellow-faced MynaMino dumontii
Long-tailed MynaMino kreffti
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Midget FlowerpeckerDicaeum aeneumEndemic
Mottled FlowerpeckerDicaeum tristramiEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Blue-faced ParrotfinchErythrura trichroa
Bismarck MuniaLonchura melaena

 

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