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Cape Verde

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This checklist includes all bird species found in Cape Verde , 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 IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2. 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 Birdlife Data Zone (species).

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Country or region: Cape Verde [map]

Number of species: 268
Number of endemics: 6
Number of breeding endemics: 4
Number of globally threatened species: 13
Number of introduced species: 5
Date last reviewed: 2016-07-01
Last modified: 2018-10-28
See also: https://www.africanbirdclub.org/countries/checklists/download
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling DuckDendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling DuckDendrocygna bicolor
GarganeySpatula querquedulaRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
GadwallMareca streperaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelopeRare/Accidental
American WigeonMareca americanaRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Eurasian TealAnas creccaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisRare/Accidental
Marbled DuckMarmaronetta angustirostrisVulnerable
Common PochardAythya ferinaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisRare/Accidental
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisIntroduced species

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm PetrelOceanites oceanicus
White-faced Storm PetrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

European Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicus
Band-rumped Storm PetrelOceanodroma castro
Cape Verde Storm PetrelOceanodroma jabejabeEndemic
Leach's Storm PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Atlantic PetrelPterodroma incertaRare/Accidental Endangered
Fea's PetrelPterodroma feaeBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitataRare/Accidental Endangered
Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Scopoli's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisBreeding endemic
Cape Verde ShearwaterCalonectris edwardsiiBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusCritically endangered
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Boyd's ShearwaterPuffinus boydiBreeding endemic
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturusRare/Accidental

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigraRare/Accidental
White StorkCiconia ciconiaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Northern Bald IbisGeronticus eremitaRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Eurasian BitternBotaurus stellarisRare/Accidental
Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Dwarf BitternIxobrychus sturmiiRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasRare/Accidental
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Black HeronEgretta ardesiacaRare/Accidental
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Western Reef HeronEgretta gularis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalusRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Ascension FrigatebirdFregata aquilaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanusRare/Accidental
Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental
Red-footed BoobySula sulaRare/Accidental
Brown BoobySula leucogaster

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Reed CormorantMicrocarbo africanusRare/Accidental
White-breasted CormorantPhalacrocorax lucidusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

Western OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterusEndangered
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusRare/Accidental
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
Red KiteMilvus milvusNear-threatened
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Yellow-billed KiteMilvus aegyptius
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinusRare/Accidental
Cape Verde BuzzardButeo bannermaniEndemic
Common BuzzardButeo buteo

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

African CrakeCrex egregiaRare/Accidental
Little CrakePorzana parva
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusillaRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicaRare/Accidental
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atraRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosusRare/Accidental
European Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatusRare/Accidental
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Eurasian DotterelCharadrius morinellusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutusNear-threatened
RuffCalidris pugnax
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopusRare/Accidental
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaNear-threatened
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaRare/Accidental
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusRare/Accidental
Great SnipeGallinago mediaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Cream-colored CourserCursorius cursor
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaVulnerable
Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Slender-billed GullChroicocephalus geneiRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Audouin's GullIchthyaetus audouiniiRare/Accidental
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellis
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Royal TernThalasseus maximusRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Little TernSternula albifrons
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Great SkuaStercorarius skua
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Common MurreUria aalge

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba livia
European Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturVulnerable
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoIntroduced species
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensisRare/Accidental
Namaqua DoveOena capensisRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Western Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melbaRare/Accidental
Cape Verde SwiftApus alexandriEndemic
Common SwiftApus apus
Plain SwiftApus unicolorRare/Accidental
Little SwiftApus affinisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Grey-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicusRare/Accidental
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanniRare/Accidental
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonoraeRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitorRare/Accidental
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Brown-necked RavenCorvus ruficollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Greater Hoopoe-LarkAlaemon alaudipes
Thick-billed LarkRamphocoris clotbeyRare/Accidental
Bar-tailed LarkAmmomanes cinctura
Black-crowned Sparrow-LarkEremopterix nigriceps
Raso LarkAlauda razaeEndemic Critically endangered
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Brown-throated MartinRiparia paludicolaRare/Accidental
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Eurasian Crag MartinPtyonoprogne rupestrisRare/Accidental
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligulaRare/Accidental
Common House MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusRare/Accidental
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Cape Verde WarblerAcrocephalus brevipennisEndemic Vulnerable
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Booted WarblerIduna caligata
Eastern Olivaceous WarblerIduna pallidaRare/Accidental
Western Olivaceous WarblerIduna opacaRare/Accidental
Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Common Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaRare/Accidental
Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioidesRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
African Desert WarblerSylvia desertiRare/Accidental
Common WhitethroatSylvia communisRare/Accidental
Spectacled WarblerSylvia conspicillata
Sardinian WarblerSylvia melanocephalaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental
Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Song ThrushTurdus philomelosRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

European RobinErithacus rubeculaRare/Accidental
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaRare/Accidental
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellinaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental
White-crowned WheatearOenanthe leucopygaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis
Iago SparrowPasser iagoensisEndemic
Sudan Golden SparrowPasser luteusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisRare/Accidental
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineusRare/Accidental
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisIntroduced species

 

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