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Cook Islands

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This checklist includes all bird species found in Cook Islands , 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, version 2017. 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: Cook Islands [map]

Number of species: 89
Number of endemics: 7
Number of globally threatened species: 15
Number of extinct species: 1
Number of introduced species: 3
Date last reviewed: 2017-12-26
Last modified: 2018-01-27
See also: http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Eastern Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acuta

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisExtirpated

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species
Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavoExtirpated

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulansRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halliRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultimaNear-threatened
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalisRare/Accidental
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaRare/Accidental Endangered
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacificaRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marinaRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered
Leach's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Eastern Marsh-HarrierCircus spilonotusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Masked LapwingVanellus milesRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosRare/Accidental
Spotted SandpiperActitis maculariusRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutusRare/Accidental
Gray NoddyAnous albivitta
Blue-gray NoddyAnous ceruleus
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergiiRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Polynesian Ground-DoveAlopecoenas erythropterusExtirpated Critically endangered
Cook Islands Fruit-DovePtilinopus rarotongensisEndemic Vulnerable
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica
Marquesas Imperial-PigeonDucula galeataExtirpated Endangered

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Atiu SwiftletAerodramus sawtelliEndemic Vulnerable

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Mewing KingfisherTodiramphus ruficollarisEndemic Vulnerable
Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Kuhl's LorikeetVini kuhliiIntroduced species Endangered
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Rarotonga MonarchPomarea dimidiataEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Cook Islands Reed WarblerAcrocephalus kerearakoEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Rarotonga StarlingAplonis cinerascensEndemic Vulnerable
Mysterious StarlingAplonis mavornataEndemic Extinct
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothorax

 

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