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West Greenland

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

Number of species: 225
Number of globally threatened species: 9
Last modified: 2021-10-23
See also: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258838869_A_annotated_checklist_to_the_birds_of_Greenland
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusRare/Accidental
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusRare/Accidental
Brent GooseBranta bernicla
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsisRare/Accidental
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Emperor GooseAnser canagicusRare/Accidental
Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusRare/Accidental
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
King EiderSomateria spectabilis
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
Steller's EiderPolysticta stelleriRare/Accidental
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataRare/Accidental
Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaRare/Accidental
Common ScoterMelanitta nigraRare/Accidental
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaRare/Accidental
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaRare/Accidental
Barrow's GoldeneyeBucephala islandica
GoosanderMergus merganserRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaRare/Accidental
RedheadAythya americanaRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental
Greater ScaupAythya marilaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsRare/Accidental
GadwallMareca streperaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelopeRare/Accidental
American WigeonMareca americanaRare/Accidental
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Rock PtarmiganLagopus muta

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental
Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritusRare/Accidental
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagicaRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Black-billed CuckooCoccyzus erythropthalmusRare/Accidental
Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Virginia RailRallus limicolaRare/Accidental
Western Water RailRallus aquaticusRare/Accidental
CorncrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
SoraPorzana carolinaRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicusRare/Accidental
Common GallinuleGallinula galeataRare/Accidental
Common CootFulica atraRare/Accidental
American CootFulica americanaRare/Accidental

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated DiverGavia stellata
Pacific LoonGavia pacificaRare/Accidental
Great Northern DiverGavia immer
White-billed DiverGavia adamsiiRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchosRare/Accidental
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhousRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaRare/Accidental
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticoraxRare/Accidental
Green HeronButorides virescensRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental
Grey HeronArdea cinereaRare/Accidental
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasRare/Accidental
Little Blue HeronEgretta caeruleaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaRare/Accidental
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Eurasian Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental
KilldeerCharadrius vociferusRare/Accidental
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Eskimo CurlewNumenius borealisRare/Accidental
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaRare/Accidental
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaRare/Accidental
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticolaRare/Accidental
Common SnipeGallinago gallinagoRare/Accidental
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataRare/Accidental
Spotted SandpiperActitis maculariusRare/Accidental
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaRare/Accidental
Common RedshankTringa totanusRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhataRare/Accidental
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
Crested AukletAethia cristatellaRare/Accidental
Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
RazorbillAlca torda
Little AukAlle alle
Brunnich's GuillemotUria lomvia
Common GuillemotUria aalge

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudus
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus
Great SkuaStercorarius skua
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Ivory GullPagophila eburnea
Sabine's GullXema sabini
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusRare/Accidental
Ross's GullRhodostethia rosea
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Mew GullLarus canusRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatusRare/Accidental
American Herring GullLarus smithsonianusRare/Accidental
Thayer's GullLarus thayeriRare/Accidental
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

White-tailed Sea EagleHaliaeetus albicilla

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusRare/Accidental
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus variusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyonRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Common KestrelFalco tinnunculusRare/Accidental
MerlinFalco columbariusRare/Accidental
GyrfalconFalco rusticolus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusRare/Accidental
Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventrisRare/Accidental
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

Blue-headed VireoVireo solitariusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedulaRare/Accidental
Common RavenCorvus corax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

American PipitAnthus rubescens
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebsRare/Accidental
Pine GrosbeakPinicola enucleatorRare/Accidental
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Arctic RedpollAcanthis hornemanni
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraRare/Accidental
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucopteraRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisRare/Accidental
White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysRare/Accidental
Fox SparrowPasserella iliacaRare/Accidental
Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolniiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapillaRare/Accidental
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacillaRare/Accidental
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensisRare/Accidental
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrinaRare/Accidental
Orange-crowned WarblerLeiothlypis celataRare/Accidental
Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapillaRare/Accidental
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasRare/Accidental
American RedstartSetophaga ruticillaRare/Accidental
Northern ParulaSetophaga americanaRare/Accidental
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaRare/Accidental
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechiaRare/Accidental
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanicaRare/Accidental
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striataRare/Accidental
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescensRare/Accidental
Pine WarblerSetophaga pinusRare/Accidental
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataRare/Accidental
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virensRare/Accidental
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisRare/Accidental
Wilson's WarblerCardellina pusillaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virensRare/Accidental
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusRare/Accidental
BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorusRare/Accidental
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbulaRare/Accidental
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern House MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental
Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonotaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaRare/Accidental
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendulaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Gray-cheeked ThrushCatharus minimusRare/Accidental
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatusRare/Accidental
Song ThrushTurdus philomelosRare/Accidental
RedwingTurdus iliacus
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merulaRare/Accidental
American RobinTurdus migratoriusRare/Accidental
FieldfareTurdus pilaris

 

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