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This checklist includes all bird species found in Sistan and Baluchestan , 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: Sistan and Baluchestan [map]

Other names: Sīstān va Balūchestān, Sistan va Baluchestan, Sistan and Baluchestan Province

Number of species: 411
Number of globally threatened species: 23
Number of introduced species: 2
Date last reviewed: 2021-12-29
Last modified: 2022-07-22
See also: http://iranbirdrecords.ir/page/Sistan%20%26%20Baluchestan
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Lesser Whistling DuckDendrocygna javanicaRare/Accidental
White-headed DuckOxyura leucocephalaEndangered
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaRare/Accidental
SmewMergellus albellus
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Marbled TealMarmaronetta angustirostrisVulnerable
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
Common PochardAythya ferinaVulnerable
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaNear-threatened
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
GadwallMareca strepera
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca
Asian Pygmy GooseNettapus coromandelianusRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Chukar PartridgeAlectoris chukar
See-see PartridgeAmmoperdix griseogularis
Black FrancolinFrancolinus francolinus
Grey FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianus

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
Lesser FlamingoPhoeniconaias minorRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritusVulnerable
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba livia
Pale-backed PigeonColumba eversmanniRare/Accidental Vulnerable
European Turtle DoveStreptopelia turturVulnerable
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalisRare/Accidental
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Red Collared DoveStreptopelia tranquebaricaRare/Accidental
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Pin-tailed SandgrousePterocles alchata
Chestnut-bellied SandgrousePterocles exustus
Spotted SandgrousePterocles senegallus
Black-bellied SandgrousePterocles orientalis
Crowned SandgrousePterocles coronatus
Lichtenstein's SandgrousePterocles lichtensteinii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

European NightjarCaprimulgus europaeus
Egyptian NightjarCaprimulgus aegyptius
Sykes's NightjarCaprimulgus mahrattensisRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melba
Little SwiftApus affinis
Pallid SwiftApus pallidus
Common SwiftApus apus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Jacobin CuckooClamator jacobinusRare/Accidental
Common KoelEudynamys scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Western Water RailRallus aquaticus
CorncrakeCrex crex
Spotted CrakePorzana porzana
Little CrakeZapornia parva
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusilla
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Demoiselle CraneGrus virgoRare/Accidental
Common CraneGrus grus

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Little BustardTetrax tetraxNear-threatened
Macqueen's BustardChlamydotis macqueeniiVulnerable

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Scopoli's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaRare/Accidental
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloniRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigra
Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopusRare/Accidental
European White StorkCiconia ciconia

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
Dalmatian PelicanPelecanus crispusNear-threatened

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Eurasian BitternBotaurus stellaris
Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Striated HeronButorides striata
Indian Pond HeronArdeola grayii
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Western Reef EgretEgretta gularis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Red-footed BoobySula sula
Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Pygmy CormorantMicrocarbo pygmaeus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemus
Great Thick-kneeEsacus recurvirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Eurasian Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusNear-threatened
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosusRare/Accidental
Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus
Sociable LapwingVanellus gregariusRare/Accidental Critically endangered
White-tailed LapwingVanellus leucurus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisRare/Accidental Endangered
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisEndangered
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaNear-threatened
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Little StintCalidris minuta
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Pintail SnipeGallinago stenuraRare/Accidental
Great SnipeGallinago mediaNear-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Common ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Dromadidae

Crab-ploverDromas ardeola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Cream-coloured CourserCursorius cursor
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Indian SkimmerRynchops albicollisRare/Accidental Endangered
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Slender-billed GullChroicocephalus genei
Brown-headed GullChroicocephalus brunnicephalusRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
White-eyed GullIchthyaetus leucophthalmusRare/Accidental
Sooty GullIchthyaetus hemprichii
Pallas's GullIchthyaetus ichthyaetus
Mew GullLarus canus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Armenian GullLarus armenicus
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusRare/Accidental
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Saunders's TernSternula saundersi
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Common TernSterna hirundo
White-cheeked TernSterna repressa
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
Oriental Honey BuzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterusEndangered
Short-toed EagleCircaetus gallicus
Himalayan VultureGyps himalayensisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
White-rumped VultureGyps bengalensisRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Griffon VultureGyps fulvus
Cinereous VultureAegypius monachusNear-threatened
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clangaVulnerable
Tawny EagleAquila rapaxRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Steppe EagleAquila nipalensisEndangered
Eastern Imperial EagleAquila heliacaVulnerable
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Bonelli's EagleAquila fasciata
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Eastern Marsh HarrierCircus spilonotusRare/Accidental
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusNear-threatened
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
ShikraAccipiter badius
Levant SparrowhawkAccipiter brevipes
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Pallas's Fish EagleHaliaeetus leucoryphusRare/Accidental Endangered
White-tailed Sea EagleHaliaeetus albicilla
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indusRare/Accidental
Black KiteMilvus migrans
White-eyed BuzzardButastur teesaRare/Accidental
Eurasian BuzzardButeo buteo
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Spotted OwletAthene brama
Little OwlAthene noctua
Pallid Scops OwlOtus brucei
Oriental Scops OwlOtus suniaRare/Accidental
Northern Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Eurasian Eagle OwlBubo bubo
Brown Fish OwlKetupa zeylonensisRare/Accidental

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Northern WryneckJynx torquilla
Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis
Scaly-bellied WoodpeckerPicus squamatusRare/Accidental
Sind WoodpeckerDendrocopos assimilis
Syrian WoodpeckerDendrocopos syriacus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

Indian RollerCoracias benghalensis
European RollerCoracias garrulus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanni
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Red-necked FalconFalco chicqueraRare/Accidental
Amur FalconFalco amurensisRare/Accidental
Sooty FalconFalco concolorVulnerable
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Saker FalconFalco cherrugEndangered
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Alexandrine ParakeetPsittacula eupatriaIntroduced species Near-threatened
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
Indian Golden OrioleOriolus kundooRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercusRare/Accidental
Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio
Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides
Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinus
Bay-backed ShrikeLanius vittatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schachRare/Accidental
Lesser Grey ShrikeLanius minor
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senator

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Red-billed ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Pleske's Ground JayPodoces pleskeiEndemic (country/region)
Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegus
Common RavenCorvus corax
Brown-necked RavenCorvus ruficollis
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
House CrowCorvus splendens
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Purple SunbirdCinnyris asiaticus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Alpine AccentorPrunella collarisRare/Accidental
Black-throated AccentorPrunella atrogularisRare/Accidental
Radde's AccentorPrunella ocularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red AvadavatAmandava amandavaRare/Accidental
Indian SilverbillEuodice malabarica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis
Sind SparrowPasser pyrrhonotusRare/Accidental
Afghan SparrowPasser yatiiRare/Accidental
Dead Sea SparrowPasser moabiticus
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
Pale Rock SparrowCarpospiza brachydactyla
Eurasian Rock SparrowPetronia petronia
Chestnut-shouldered Bush SparrowGymnoris xanthocollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus
American PipitAnthus rubescensRare/Accidental
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Water PipitAnthus spinoletta
Richard's PipitAnthus richardiRare/Accidental
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Tawny PipitAnthus campestris
Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes
Common RosefinchErythrina erythrina
Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineus
Mongolian FinchEremopsaltria mongolica
Desert FinchRhodospiza obsoleta
Common LinnetLinaria cannabina
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraRare/Accidental
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis
Red-fronted SerinSerinus pusillus
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Striated BuntingFringillaria striolata
Red-headed BuntingGranativora bruniceps
Black-headed BuntingGranativora melanocephala
Rock BuntingEmberiza cia
Grey-necked BuntingEmberiza buchanani
Eurasian Reed BuntingSchoeniclus schoeniclus
Yellow-breasted BuntingSchoeniclus aureolusRare/Accidental Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

European Penduline TitRemiz pendulinus
Black-headed Penduline TitRemiz macronyx
Eastern Penduline TitRemiz consobrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Greater Hoopoe LarkAlaemon alaudipes
Bar-tailed LarkAmmomanes cinctura
Desert LarkAmmomanes deserti
Black-crowned Sparrow LarkEremopterix nigriceps
Lesser Short-toed LarkAlaudala rufescens
Sand LarkAlaudala raytal
Bimaculated LarkMelanocorypha bimaculata
Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandra
Hume's Short-toed LarkCalandrella acutirostris
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactyla
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Eurasian Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Oriental Sky LarkAlauda gulgula
Crested LarkGalerida cristata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Panuridae

Bearded ReedlingPanurus biarmicusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Graceful PriniaPrinia gracilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioidesRare/Accidental
River WarblerLocustella fluviatilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Booted WarblerIduna caligata
Sykes's WarblerIduna rama
Olivaceous WarblerIduna pallida
Upcher's WarblerHippolais languida
Moustached WarblerAcrocephalus melanopogon
Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumRare/Accidental
Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricolaRare/Accidental
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus
Clamorous Reed WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern House MartinDelichon urbicum
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithiiRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Eurasian Crag MartinPtyonoprogne rupestris
Pale Crag MartinPtyonoprogne obsoleta
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Pale MartinRiparia dilutaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

White-eared BulbulPycnonotus leucotis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Wood WarblerRhadina sibilatrixRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed WarblerAbrornis inornatusRare/Accidental
Hume's Leaf WarblerAbrornis humeiRare/Accidental
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Mountain ChiffchaffPhylloscopus lorenzii
Plain Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus neglectus
Green Leaf WarblerSeicercus nitidus
Greenish Leaf WarblerSeicercus trochiloides

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Streaked Scrub WarblerScotocerca inquieta
Cetti's WarblerCettia cetti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Asian Desert WarblerCurruca nana
Eastern Orphean WarblerCurruca crassirostris
Lesser WhitethroatCurruca curruca
Ménétries's WarblerCurruca mystacea
Common WhitethroatCurruca communis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Scrub BabblerArgya caudata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hypocoliidae

Grey HypocoliusHypocolius ampelinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Western Rock NuthatchSitta neumayer
Eastern Rock NuthatchSitta tephronota
WallcreeperTichodroma muraria

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Rufous Scrub RobinCercotrichas galactotes
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Asian Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinusRare/Accidental
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
Eversmann's RedstartAdelura erythronota
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
Common Rock ThrushMonticola saxatilis
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
WhinchatSaxicola rubetra
Eastern StonechatSaxicola maurus
Pied Bush ChatSaxicola caprata
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellina
Desert WheatearOenanthe deserti
Hooded WheatearOenanthe monacha
Black-eared WheatearOenanthe hispanica
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschanka
Variable WheatearOenanthe picata
Hume's WheatearOenanthe albonigra
Finsch's WheatearOenanthe finschii
Mourning WheatearOenanthe lugens
Red-tailed WheatearOenanthe chrysopygia
Kurdish WheatearOenanthe xanthoprymna

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos
RedwingTurdus iliacusNear-threatened
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
Black-throated ThrushTurdus atrogularis

 

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