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This checklist includes all bird species found in Brussels , 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: Brussels [map]

Other names: Bruxelles, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de

Number of species: 252
Number of introduced species: 3
Last modified: 2022-07-22
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisIntroduced species
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusRare/Accidental
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Brent GooseBranta bernicla
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisRare/Accidental
Canada GooseBranta canadensisIntroduced species
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Bean GooseAnser fabalisRare/Accidental
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsRare/Accidental
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Common EiderSomateria mollissimaNear-threatened
Velvet ScoterMelanitta fusca
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
SmewMergellus albellus
GoosanderMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorRare/Accidental
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
Common PochardAythya ferinaVulnerable
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marilaRare/Accidental
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
GadwallMareca strepera
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Common PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Grey PartridgePerdix perdix

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritusRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba livia
Stock DoveColumba oenas
Wood PigeonColumba palumbus
European Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturVulnerable
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

European NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Common SwiftApus apus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Western Water RailRallus aquaticus
Spotted CrakePorzana porzana
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Common CraneGrus grus

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Black-throated DiverGavia arctica

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigraRare/Accidental
European White StorkCiconia ciconia

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Pygmy CormorantMicrocarbo pygmaeusRare/Accidental
European ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelisRare/Accidental
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Eurasian Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaRare/Accidental
Eurasian DotterelEudromias morinellus
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaRare/Accidental
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresRare/Accidental
Red KnotCalidris canutusNear-threatened
SanderlingCalidris albaRare/Accidental
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Common RedshankTringa totanusRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
Wilson's PhalaropeSteganopus tricolorRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusRare/Accidental
Mew GullLarus canus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellis
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusRare/Accidental
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

European Honey BuzzardPernis apivorus
Short-toed EagleCircaetus gallicusRare/Accidental
Griffon VultureGyps fulvusRare/Accidental
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargusRare/Accidental
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
White-tailed Sea EagleHaliaeetus albicillaRare/Accidental
Red KiteMilvus milvus
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental
Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopusRare/Accidental
Eurasian BuzzardButeo buteo

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Little OwlAthene noctua
Northern Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Tawny OwlStrix aluco
Eurasian Eagle OwlBubo buboRare/Accidental

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Northern WryneckJynx torquillaRare/Accidental
Grey-headed WoodpeckerPicus canus
Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis
Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos minor
Middle Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos medius
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

European Bee-eaterMerops apiasterRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusRare/Accidental Vulnerable
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegus
Common RavenCorvus corax
Carrion CrowCorvus corone

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

DunnockPrunella modularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Water PipitAnthus spinoletta
Richard's PipitAnthus richardiRare/Accidental
Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisRare/Accidental
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes
Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula
European GreenfinchChloris chloris
TwiteLinaria flavirostris
Common LinnetLinaria cannabina
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Parrot CrossbillLoxia pytyopsittacusRare/Accidental
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis
European SerinSerinus serinus
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Corn BuntingEmberiza calandra
Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaRare/Accidental
Cirl BuntingEmberiza cirlusRare/Accidental
YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella
Eurasian Reed BuntingSchoeniclus schoeniclus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Coal TitPeriparus ater
Crested TitLophophanes cristatus
Marsh TitPoecile palustris
Willow TitPoecile montanus
Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus
Great TitParus major

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

European Penduline TitRemiz pendulinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Wood LarkLullula arborea
Eurasian Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Crested LarkGalerida cristata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioides
Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naevia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaRare/Accidental
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterina
Aquatic WarblerAcrocephalus paludicolaVulnerable
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustris
Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern House MartinDelichon urbicum
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Sand MartinRiparia riparia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Western Bonelli's WarblerRhadina bonelliRare/Accidental
Wood WarblerRhadina sibilatrix
Yellow-browed WarblerAbrornis inornatusRare/Accidental
Pallas's Leaf WarblerAbrornis proregulusRare/Accidental
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Iberian ChiffchaffPhylloscopus ibericusRare/Accidental
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Radde's WarblerPhylloscopus schwarziRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Cetti's WarblerCettia cetti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Lesser WhitethroatCurruca curruca
Common WhitethroatCurruca communis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulus
Eurasian FirecrestRegulus ignicapilla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Short-toed TreecreeperCerthia brachydactyla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Eurasian NuthatchSitta europaea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

White-throated DipperCinclus cinclusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
European RobinErithacus rubecula
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
WhinchatSaxicola rubetra
European StonechatSaxicola rubicola
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos
RedwingTurdus iliacusNear-threatened
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
FieldfareTurdus pilaris
Ring OuzelTurdus torquatus
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomusRare/Accidental

 

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