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

Number of species: 252
Number of introduced species: 4
Date last reviewed: 2021-09-05
Last modified: 2024-02-13
See also: https://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCCountryLists.htm
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling DuckDendrocygna autumnalisRare/Accidental
Fulvous Whistling DuckDendrocygna bicolorRare/Accidental
Masked DuckNomonyx dominicusRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
GadwallMareca streperaRare/Accidental
American WigeonMareca americana
White-cheeked PintailAnas bahamensis
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Common TealAnas creccaRare/Accidental
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotosRare/Accidental

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruber

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicus

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba liviaIntroduced species
Bare-eyed PigeonPatagioenas corensis
Scaly-naped PigeonPatagioenas squamosa
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi
White-winged DoveZenaida asiaticaRare/Accidental
Eared DoveZenaida auriculata
Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina
Ruddy Ground DoveColumbina talpacotiRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Steatornithidae

OilbirdSteatornis caripensisRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Antillean NighthawkChordeiles gundlachii
Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennisRare/Accidental
White-tailed NightjarHydropsalis cayennensis
Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensisRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-collared SwiftStreptoprocne zonarisRare/Accidental
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaRare/Accidental
Common SwiftApus apusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Trochilidae

Ruby-topaz HummingbirdChrysolampis mosquitus
Blue-tailed EmeraldChlorostilbon mellisugus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater AniCrotophaga majorRare/Accidental
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga aniRare/Accidental
Groove-billed AniCrotophaga sulcirostris
Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanus
Mangrove CuckooCoccyzus minor
Gray-capped CuckooCoccyzus lansbergiRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

SoraPorzana carolina
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
American CootFulica americanaRare/Accidental
Caribbean CootFulica caribaea

 
GRUIFORMES: Heliornithidae

SungrebeHeliornis fulicaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhousRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravisRare/Accidental
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisRare/Accidental
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusRare/Accidental
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Boat-billed HeronCochlearius cochleariusRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night HeronNyctanassa violacea
Green HeronButorides virescens
Striated HeronButorides striata
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Great EgretArdea alba
Whistling HeronSyrigma sibilatrixRare/Accidental
Reddish EgretEgretta rufescens
Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
Snowy EgretEgretta thula

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajajaRare/Accidental
Scarlet IbisEudocimus ruber
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minorRare/Accidental
Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Red-footed BoobySula sula
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Masked BoobySula dactylatra

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritusRare/Accidental
Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaRare/Accidental
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Piping PloverCharadrius melodusRare/Accidental
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
Collared PloverCharadrius collaris
Southern LapwingVanellus chilensisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Northern JacanaJacana spinosaRare/Accidental
Wattled JacanaJacana jacanaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
Western SandpiperCalidris mauri
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
WilletTringa semipalmata
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Wilson's PhalaropeSteganopus tricolor
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutusRare/Accidental
Black SkimmerRynchops nigerRare/Accidental
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
American Herring GullLarus smithsonianusRare/Accidental
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Least TernSternula antillarum
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Common TernSterna hirundo
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Royal TernThalasseus maximus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Black VultureCoragyps atratusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

White-tailed KiteElanus leucurusRare/Accidental
Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatusRare/Accidental
Long-winged HarrierCircus buffoniRare/Accidental
White-tailed HawkGeranoaetus albicaudatus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto albaRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Burrowing OwlAthene cuniculariaRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquataRare/Accidental
Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
American Pygmy KingfisherChloroceryle aeneaRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriway
Yellow-headed CaracaraMilvago chimachimaRare/Accidental
American KestrelFalco sparverius
MerlinFalco columbarius
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

White-crowned ParrotPionus senilisRare/Accidental
Yellow-shouldered ParrotAmazona barbadensis
Brown-throated ParakeetEupsittula pertinax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Lesser ElaeniaElaenia chiriquensisRare/Accidental
Caribbean ElaeniaElaenia martinica
Streaked FlycatcherMyiodynastes maculatusRare/Accidental
Crowned Slaty FlycatcherGriseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatusRare/Accidental
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusRare/Accidental
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savana
Brown-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus tyrannulus
Northern Scrub FlycatcherSublegatus arenarum
Pied Water TyrantFluvicola picaRare/Accidental
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiRare/Accidental
Eastern Wood PeweeContopus virensRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

White-eyed VireoVireo griseusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
Rufous-collared SparrowZonotrichia capensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorumRare/Accidental
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraRare/Accidental
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasRare/Accidental
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrinaRare/Accidental
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga ceruleaRare/Accidental
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnolia
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarumRare/Accidental
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominicaRare/Accidental
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolorRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magnaRare/Accidental
Yellow OrioleIcterus nigrogularis
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
Venezuelan TroupialIcterus icterusIntroduced species
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensisRare/Accidental
Carib GrackleQuiscalus lugubris
Yellow-hooded BlackbirdChrysomus icterocephalusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
DickcisselSpiza americanaRare/Accidental
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caeruleaRare/Accidental
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
Summer TanagerPiranga rubraRare/Accidental
Western TanagerPiranga ludovicianaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Saffron FinchSicalis flaveolaIntroduced species
Blue-black GrassquitVolatinia jacarinaRare/Accidental
Red-legged HoneycreeperCyanerpes cyaneusRare/Accidental
Swallow TanagerTersina viridisRare/Accidental
Lined SeedeaterSporophila lineolaRare/Accidental
BananaquitCoereba flaveola
Black-faced GrassquitMelanospiza bicolor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Brown-chested MartinProgne taperaRare/Accidental
Purple MartinProgne subisRare/Accidental
Caribbean MartinProgne dominicensis
Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennisRare/Accidental
Southern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx ruficollisRare/Accidental
Blue-and-white SwallowPygochelidon cyanoleucaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensisRare/Accidental
Pearly-eyed ThrasherMargarops fuscatus
Tropical MockingbirdMimus gilvus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
VeeryCatharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimus
Yellow-legged ThrushTurdus flavipesRare/Accidental

 

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