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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 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: Cook Islands [map]

Number of species: 89
Number of endemics: 5
Number of globally threatened species: 13
Number of extinct species: 1
Number of introduced species: 3
Date last reviewed: 2017-12-26
Last modified: 2022-08-17
See also: http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Chinese Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisExtirpated

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species
Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavoExtirpated

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba livia
Polynesian Ground DoveAlopecoenas erythropterusExtirpated Critically endangered
Pacific Imperial PigeonDucula pacifica
Nuku Hiva Imperial PigeonDucula galeataExtirpated Endangered
Cook Islands Fruit DovePtilinopus rarotongensisEndemic Near-threatened

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Polynesian SwiftletAerodramus leucophaeus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-faced Storm-petrelPelagodroma marinaRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta grallaria
Polynesian Storm-petrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

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

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhousRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef EgretEgretta sacra

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Red-footed BoobySula sula
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Masked BoobySula dactylatra

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Masked LapwingVanellus milesRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisNear-threatened
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
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutusRare/Accidental
Blue NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
Grey NoddyProcelsterna albivitta
Atoll TernGygis alba
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Grey-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergiiRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Eastern Marsh HarrierCircus spilonotusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rimatara LorikeetVini kuhliiIntroduced species Endangered
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaVulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Rarotonga MonarchPomarea dimidiataEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Chestnut-breasted MannikinLonchura castaneothorax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Cook Islands WarblerAcrocephalus kerearakoEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

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

 

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