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This checklist includes all bird species found in Helmand , 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 Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2). 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: Helmand [map]

Other names: هلمند, Hilmand

Number of species: 214
Number of globally threatened species: 11
Last modified: 2022-07-22
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-headed DuckOxyura leucocephala
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Marbled TealMarmaronetta angustirostris
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyroca
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
GadwallMareca strepera
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Himalayan SnowcockTetraogallus himalayensis
Chukar PartridgeAlectoris chukar
See-see PartridgeAmmoperdix griseogularis
Black FrancolinFrancolinus francolinus

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba livia
Pale-backed PigeonColumba eversmanni
Wood PigeonColumba palumbus
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Pin-tailed SandgrousePterocles alchata
Spotted SandgrousePterocles senegallusRare/Accidental
Black-bellied SandgrousePterocles orientalis
Crowned SandgrousePterocles coronatus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Sykes's NightjarCaprimulgus mahrattensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melba
Common SwiftApus apus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Little BustardTetrax tetrax
Macqueen's BustardChlamydotis macqueenii

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigra
European White StorkCiconia ciconia

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Eurasian BitternBotaurus stellaris
Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Great EgretArdea alba
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus
Sociable LapwingVanellus gregarius
White-tailed LapwingVanellus leucurus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
Little StintCalidris minuta
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Cream-coloured CourserCursorius cursor
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincolaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Slender-billed GullChroicocephalus genei
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Bearded VultureGypaetus barbatus
Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterus
Short-toed EagleCircaetus gallicus
White-rumped VultureGyps bengalensisRare/Accidental
Griffon VultureGyps fulvus
Cinereous VultureAegypius monachus
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clanga
Steppe EagleAquila nipalensis
Eastern Imperial EagleAquila heliaca
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Bonelli's EagleAquila fasciataRare/Accidental
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourus
ShikraAccipiter badius
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Eurasian BuzzardButeo buteo
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Little OwlAthene noctua
Northern Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Eurasian Eagle OwlBubo bubo

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Scaly-bellied WoodpeckerPicus squamatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanni
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Saker FalconFalco cherrug

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Indian Golden OrioleOriolus kundoo

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides
Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinus
Bay-backed ShrikeLanius vittatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
Lesser Grey ShrikeLanius minor
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Red-billed ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Alpine ChoughPyrrhocorax graculus
Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegus
Common RavenCorvus corax
Brown-necked RavenCorvus ruficollis
Carrion CrowCorvus corone

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Black-throated AccentorPrunella atrogularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis
Afghan SparrowPasser yatii
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
Eurasian Rock SparrowPetronia petronia
Chestnut-shouldered Bush SparrowGymnoris xanthocollis
White-winged SnowfinchMontifringilla nivalis
Afghan SnowfinchPyrgilauda theresae

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Tawny PipitAnthus campestris
Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

BramblingFringilla montifringilla
White-winged GrosbeakMycerobas carnipes
Common RosefinchErythrina erythrina
Pale RosefinchCarpodacus stoliczkae
Blyth's RosefinchCarpodacus grandis
Crimson-winged FinchRhodopechys sanguineus
Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineus
Mongolian FinchEremopsaltria mongolica
Desert FinchRhodospiza obsoleta
TwiteLinaria flavirostris
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis
Red-fronted SerinSerinus pusillus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Red-headed BuntingGranativora bruniceps
Black-headed BuntingGranativora melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Rock BuntingEmberiza cia
Grey-necked BuntingEmberiza buchanani
White-capped BuntingEmberiza stewarti
Pine BuntingEmberiza leucocephalos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Cinereous TitParus cinereus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Greater Hoopoe LarkAlaemon alaudipes
Bar-tailed LarkAmmomanes cinctura
Desert LarkAmmomanes deserti
Lesser Short-toed LarkAlaudala rufescens
Bimaculated LarkMelanocorypha bimaculata
Hume's Short-toed LarkCalandrella acutirostris
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactyla
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Eurasian Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Oriental Sky LarkAlauda gulgula
Crested LarkGalerida cristata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Graceful PriniaPrinia gracilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Booted WarblerIduna caligata
Sykes's WarblerIduna rama
Olivaceous WarblerIduna pallida
Upcher's WarblerHippolais languida
Moustached WarblerAcrocephalus melanopogon
Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum
Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricola
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus
Clamorous Reed WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern House MartinDelichon urbicum
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Eurasian Crag MartinPtyonoprogne rupestris
Pale Crag MartinPtyonoprogne obsoleta
Sand MartinRiparia riparia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Mountain ChiffchaffPhylloscopus lorenzii
Sulphur-bellied WarblerPhylloscopus griseolus
Green Leaf WarblerSeicercus nitidus
Greenish Leaf WarblerSeicercus trochiloides

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Streaked Scrub WarblerScotocerca inquieta
Cetti's WarblerCettia cetti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
Asian Desert WarblerCurruca nana
Eastern Orphean WarblerCurruca crassirostris
Lesser WhitethroatCurruca curruca
Ménétries's WarblerCurruca mystacea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Scrub BabblerArgya caudata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hypocoliidae

Grey HypocoliusHypocolius ampelinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Eastern Rock NuthatchSitta tephronota
WallcreeperTichodroma muraria

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

Brown DipperCinclus pallasii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Rufous Scrub RobinCercotrichas galactotes
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
Blue Whistling ThrushMyophonus caeruleus
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
Eversmann's RedstartAdelura erythronota
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
Common Rock ThrushMonticola saxatilis
Pied Bush ChatSaxicola caprata
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellina
Desert WheatearOenanthe deserti
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschanka
Variable WheatearOenanthe picata
Hume's WheatearOenanthe albonigra

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus
Black-throated ThrushTurdus atrogularis

 

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