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

Number of species: 276
Number of introduced species: 11
Date last reviewed: 2021-09-05
Last modified: 2024-01-05
See also: https://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCCountryLists.htm
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Whistling DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
Masked DuckNomonyx dominicusRare/Accidental
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaRare/Accidental
Orinoco GooseNeochen jubataRare/Accidental
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacaRare/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

 
GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

Crested BobwhiteColinus cristatus

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American FlamingoPhoenicopterus ruber

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
Least GrebeTachybaptus dominicus

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba liviaIntroduced species
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoRare/Accidental
Bare-eyed PigeonPatagioenas corensis
Scaly-naped PigeonPatagioenas squamosa
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi
Eared DoveZenaida auriculata
Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

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

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Black SwiftCypseloides nigerRare/Accidental
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaRare/Accidental
Chapman's SwiftChaetura chapmaniRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Trochilidae

White-necked JacobinFlorisuga mellivoraRare/Accidental
Rufous-breasted HermitGlaucis hirsutusRare/Accidental
Ruby-topaz HummingbirdChrysolampis mosquitus
Blue-tailed EmeraldChlorostilbon mellisugus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater AniCrotophaga majorRare/Accidental
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga aniRare/Accidental
Groove-billed AniCrotophaga sulcirostris
Guira CuckooGuira guiraRare/Accidental
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

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhousRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusRare/Accidental
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Least BitternIxobrychus exilisRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night HeronNyctanassa violacea
Green HeronButorides virescens
Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
Cocoi HeronArdea cocoiRare/Accidental
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
White IbisEudocimus albusRare/Accidental
Scarlet IbisEudocimus ruberRare/Accidental
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Red-footed BoobySula sula
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Double-striped Thick-kneeBurhinus bistriatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Wilson's PloverCharadrius wilsonia
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus
Snowy PloverCharadrius nivosus
Collared PloverCharadrius collaris
Southern LapwingVanellus chilensis
Pied LapwingVanellus cayanusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Wattled JacanaJacana jacanaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
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 scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicata
Spotted SandpiperActitis macularius
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitaria
WilletTringa semipalmata
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleuca
Wilson's PhalaropeSteganopus tricolorRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Great SkuaStercorarius skuaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
American Herring GullLarus smithsonianusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Least TernSternula antillarum
Large-billed TernPhaetusa simplexRare/Accidental
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Common TernSterna hirundo
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Royal TernThalasseus maximus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Turkey VultureCathartes auraRare/Accidental
Black VultureCoragyps atratusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatusRare/Accidental
Long-winged HarrierCircus buffoniRare/Accidental
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
White-tailed HawkGeranoaetus albicaudatus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Burrowing OwlAthene cuniculariaRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Ramphastidae

Channel-billed ToucanRamphastos vitellinusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

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

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

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

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Bronze-winged ParrotPionus chalcopterusRare/Accidental
Red-lored ParrotAmazona autumnalisRare/Accidental
Yellow-shouldered ParrotAmazona barbadensisIntroduced species
Orange-winged ParrotAmazona amazonicaIntroduced species
Green-rumped ParrotletForpus passerinusIntroduced species
Brown-throated ParakeetEupsittula pertinax
Blue-and-yellow MacawAra araraunaIntroduced species
Scarlet-fronted ParakeetPsittacara wagleriIntroduced species

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tityridae

Cinereous BecardPachyramphus rufus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Lesser ElaeniaElaenia chiriquensisRare/Accidental
Caribbean ElaeniaElaenia martinica
Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratusRare/Accidental
Cattle TyrantMachetornis rixosaRare/Accidental
Variegated FlycatcherEmpidonomus variusRare/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
Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinusRare/Accidental
Pied Water TyrantFluvicola picaRare/Accidental
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
Western Wood PeweeContopus sordidulus
Eastern Wood PeweeContopus virensRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Furnariidae

Yellow-chinned SpinetailCerthiaxis cinnamomeus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifronsRare/Accidental
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Village WeaverPloceus cucullatusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
Rufous-collared SparrowZonotrichia capensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorumRare/Accidental
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacillaRare/Accidental
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrinaRare/Accidental
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosaRare/Accidental
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasRare/Accidental
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrinaRare/Accidental
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaRare/Accidental
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanicaRare/Accidental
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarumRare/Accidental
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataRare/Accidental
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolorRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-breasted BlackbirdLeistes militaris
Yellow OrioleIcterus nigrogularis
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaRare/Accidental
Venezuelan TroupialIcterus icterusIntroduced species
Orchard OrioleIcterus spuriusRare/Accidental
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
Carib GrackleQuiscalus lugubris
Great-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanus
Yellow-hooded BlackbirdChrysomus icterocephalusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalusRare/Accidental
DickcisselSpiza americana
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caeruleaRare/Accidental
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
Summer TanagerPiranga rubraRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Saffron FinchSicalis flaveolaIntroduced species
Blue-black GrassquitVolatinia jacarinaRare/Accidental
Red-legged HoneycreeperCyanerpes cyaneusRare/Accidental
Swallow TanagerTersina viridisRare/Accidental
Lesson's SeedeaterSporophila bouvronidesRare/Accidental
Lined SeedeaterSporophila lineolaRare/Accidental
Yellow-bellied SeedeaterSporophila nigricollisRare/Accidental
BananaquitCoereba flaveola
Black-faced GrassquitMelanospiza bicolor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Green-capped EremomelaEremomela scotops

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
White-winged SwallowTachycineta albiventerRare/Accidental
White-rumped SwallowTachycineta leucorrhoaRare/Accidental
Chilean SwallowTachycineta leucopygaRare/Accidental
Brown-chested MartinProgne taperaRare/Accidental
Purple MartinProgne subis
Caribbean MartinProgne dominicensis
Cuban MartinProgne cryptoleucaRare/Accidental
Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
Southern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx ruficollisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Pearly-eyed ThrasherMargarops fuscatusRare/Accidental
Tropical MockingbirdMimus gilvus
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Hill MynaGracula religiosaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Wood ThrushHylocichla mustelinaRare/Accidental
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatusRare/Accidental
VeeryCatharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimusRare/Accidental

 

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