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Vanuatu

This checklist includes all bird species found in Vanuatu , 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: Vanuatu
Number of species: 167
Number of endemics: 8
Number of breeding endemics: 1
Number of globally threatened species: 12
Number of introduced species: 11
Date last reviewed: 2007-08-21

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

MallardAnas platyrhynchosIntroduced species
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Gray TealAnas gracilis
White-eyed DuckAythya australis

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Melanesian ScrubfowlMegapodius eremita
Vanuatu ScrubfowlMegapodius layardiEndemic Vulnerable

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulansRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldicaRare/Accidental
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalis
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennisRare/Accidental
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Vanuatu PetrelPterodroma occultaBreeding endemic
Fairy PrionPachyptila turtur
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolataRare/Accidental
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Beck's PetrelPseudobulweria beckiCritically endangered
Gray PetrelProcellaria cinereaNear-threatened
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipes
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostris
Fluttering ShearwaterPuffinus gavia
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minorRare/Accidental
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental
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

Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Striated HeronButorides striata
Rufous Night-HeronNycticorax caledonicusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swamp HarrierCircus approximans
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Ocellated CrakeMicropygia schomburgkiiRare/Accidental
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Spotless CrakePorzana tabuensis
White-browed CrakePorzana cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Beach Thick-kneeEsacus magnirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

South Island OystercatcherHaematopus finschiRare/Accidental
Variable OystercatcherHaematopus unicolorRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Masked LapwingVanellus milesRare/Accidental
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolusRare/Accidental
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Double-banded PloverCharadrius bicinctusRare/Accidental
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisVulnerable
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Silver GullChroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Gray NoddyProcelsterna albivitta
Blue-gray NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusRare/Accidental
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Mackinlay's Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia mackinlayi
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Santa Cruz Ground-DoveGallicolumba sanctaecrucisEndangered
Tanna Fruit-DovePtilinopus tannensisEndemic
Rose-crowned Fruit-DovePtilinopus regina
Red-bellied Fruit-DovePtilinopus greyi
Claret-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus viridis
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Baker's Imperial-PigeonDucula bakeriEndemic Vulnerable

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Fan-tailed CuckooCacomantis flabelliformis
Shining Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx lucidus
Long-tailed KoelEudynamys taitensis

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
White-rumped SwiftletAerodramus spodiopygius
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Chestnut-bellied KingfisherTodiramphus farquhariEndemic Near-threatened
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctusRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Large Fig-ParrotPsittaculirostris desmarestiiRare/Accidental
Palm LorikeetCharmosyna palmarumVulnerable
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Cardinal MyzomelaMyzomela cardinalis
New Hebrides HoneyeaterGliciphila notabilisEndemic
Dark-brown HoneyeaterLichmera incana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Fan-tailed GerygoneGerygone flavolateralis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

South Melanesian CuckooshrikeCoracina caledonica
Polynesian TrillerLalage maculosa
Long-tailed TrillerLalage leucopyga

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Vanuatu WhistlerPachycephala chlorura
New Caledonian WhistlerPachycephala caledonica
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons
Streaked FantailRhipidura verreauxi
Gray FantailRhipidura albiscapa
New Zealand FantailRhipidura fuliginosa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Buff-bellied MonarchNeolalage banksianaEndemic
Southern ShrikebillClytorhynchus pachycephaloides
Melanesian FlycatcherMyiagra caledonica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Pacific RobinPetroica multicolor
Scarlet RobinPetroica boodang

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Guadalcanal ThicketbirdMegalurulus whitneyiNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Silver-eyeZosterops lateralis
Yellow-fronted White-eyeZosterops flavifronsEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus
Song ThrushTurdus philomelosRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Rusty-winged StarlingAplonis zelandicaNear-threatened
Mountain StarlingAplonis santovestrisEndemic Vulnerable
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaRare/Accidental
Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species
Red AvadavatAmandava amandavaRare/Accidental
Red-browed FiretailNeochmia temporalisIntroduced species
Blue-faced ParrotfinchErythrura trichroa
Red-throated ParrotfinchErythrura psittaceaIntroduced species
Royal ParrotfinchErythrura regia
Tricolored MuniaLonchura malaccaIntroduced species
Chestnut MuniaLonchura atricapillaIntroduced species
Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothoraxIntroduced species

 

References (partial list)

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