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

Other names: 佐渡島, 佐渡市, Sadogashima

Number of species: 335
Number of globally threatened species: 28
Number of introduced species: 2
Date last reviewed: 2018-05-17
Last modified: 2022-12-31
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Mute SwanCygnus olorIntroduced species
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianus
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Brent GooseBranta bernicla
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Snow GooseAnser caerulescens
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Swan GooseAnser cygnoid
Bean GooseAnser fabalis
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Lesser White-fronted GooseAnser erythropus
Velvet ScoterMelanitta fusca
Black ScoterMelanitta americana
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
GoosanderMergus merganser
Scaly-sided MerganserMergus squamatusRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
Common ShelduckTadorna tadornaRare/Accidental
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Common PochardAythya ferina
Baer's PochardAythya baeri
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
Baikal TealSibirionetta formosa
Falcated DuckMareca falcata
GadwallMareca strepera
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
American WigeonMareca americana
Chinese Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Japanese QuailCoturnix japonica
Copper PheasantSyrmaticus soemmerringii
Common PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Green PheasantPhasianus versicolor

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritus
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba liviaIntroduced species
Japanese PigeonColumba janthinaRare/Accidental
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
White-bellied Green PigeonTreron sieboldii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricaudaRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Grey NightjarCaprimulgus indicus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Fork-tailed SwiftApus pacificus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Northern Hawk CuckooHierococcyx hyperythrus
Indian CuckooCuculus micropterusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Eastern Water RailRallus indicus
Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fusca
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

White-naped CraneAntigone vipioRare/Accidental
Red-crowned CraneGrus japonensisRare/Accidental
Common CraneGrus grusRare/Accidental
Hooded CraneGrus monachaRare/Accidental

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated DiverGavia stellata
Black-throated DiverGavia arctica
Pacific LoonGavia pacifica
White-billed DiverGavia adamsiiRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Black-footed AlbatrossPhoebastria nigripes
Short-tailed AlbatrossPhoebastria albatrus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhousRare/Accidental
Fork-tailed Storm-petrelHydrobates furcatusRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipes
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Oriental White StorkCiconia boyciana

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Eurasian BitternBotaurus stellaris
Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Schrenck's BitternIxobrychus eurhythmus
Japanese Night HeronGorsachius goisagi
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Striated HeronButorides striata
Chinese Pond HeronArdeola bacchusRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpureaRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pacific Reef EgretEgretta sacra
Chinese EgretEgretta eulophotesRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaRare/Accidental
Black-faced SpoonbillPlatalea minorRare/Accidental
Imperial Crested IbisNipponia nippon

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata arielRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicus
Red-faced CormorantPhalacrocorax urileRare/Accidental
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Japanese CormorantPhalacrocorax capillatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Long-billed PloverCharadrius placidus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultiiRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Grey-headed LapwingVanellus cinereus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutusRare/Accidental
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensis
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostris
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Spoon-billed SandpiperCalidris pygmaea
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Asian DowitcherLimnodromus semipalmatusRare/Accidental
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Solitary SnipeGallinago solitaria
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerata
Least AukletAethia pusilla
Crested AukletAethia cristatella
Long-billed MurreletBrachyramphus perdix
Ancient MurreletSynthliboramphus antiquus
Japanese MurreletSynthliboramphus wumizusume
Brunnich's GuillemotUria lomvia
Common GuillemotUria aalge

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Atoll TernGygis albaRare/Accidental
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Saunders's GullSaundersilarus saundersi
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Mew GullLarus canus
American Herring GullLarus smithsonianus
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagus
Glaucous-winged GullLarus glaucescens
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Oriental Honey BuzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Cinereous VultureAegypius monachusRare/Accidental
Mountain Hawk EagleNisaetus nipalensis
Eastern Imperial EagleAquila heliacaRare/Accidental
Eastern Marsh HarrierCircus spilonotus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pied HarrierCircus melanoleucosRare/Accidental
Japanese SparrowhawkAccipiter gularis
BesraAccipiter virgatus
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
White-tailed Sea EagleHaliaeetus albicilla
Steller's Sea EagleHaliaeetus pelagicus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Grey-faced BuzzardButastur indicus
Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopus
Japanese BuzzardButeo japonicus
Upland BuzzardButeo hemilasiusRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Northern BoobookNinox japonica
Oriental Scops OwlOtus sunia
Collared Scops OwlOtus bakkamoena
Northern Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Ural OwlStrix uralensis

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Northern WryneckJynx torquilla
Japanese WoodpeckerPicus awokera
Japanese Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos kizuki
White-backed WoodpeckerDendrocopos leucotos
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Crested KingfisherMegaceryle lugubris
Ruddy KingfisherHalcyon coromanda
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileataRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Amur FalconFalco amurensisRare/Accidental
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Fairy PittaPitta nymphaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Tiger ShrikeLanius tigrinus
Bull-headed ShrikeLanius bucephalus
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Chinese Grey ShrikeLanius sphenocercusRare/Accidental
Northern ShrikeLanius borealisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Azure-winged MagpieCyanopica cyanus
Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
Eurasian MagpiePica picaRare/Accidental
Eurasian NutcrackerNucifraga caryocatactes
Daurian JackdawCorvus dauuricus
RookCorvus frugilegus
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Japanese Paradise-flycatcherTerpsiphone atrocaudata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Japanese AccentorPrunella rubida
Siberian AccentorPrunella montanella

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus
American PipitAnthus rubescens
Richard's PipitAnthus richardiRare/Accidental
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskiiRare/Accidental
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Green-headed WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisRare/Accidental
Japanese Pied WagtailMotacilla grandis
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

BramblingFringilla montifringilla
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes
Yellow-billed GrosbeakEophona migratoria
Japanese GrosbeakEophona personata
Common RosefinchErythrina erythrina
Long-tailed RosefinchCarpodacus sibiricus
Pallas's RosefinchCarpodacus roseus
Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula
Asian Rosy FinchLeucosticte arctoa
Grey-capped GreenfinchChloris sinica
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucopteraRare/Accidental
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicusRare/Accidental
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Chestnut-eared BuntingEmberiza fucata
Meadow BuntingEmberiza cioides
Pine BuntingEmberiza leucocephalos
Yellow-throated BuntingSchoeniclus elegans
Japanese Reed BuntingSchoeniclus yessoensis
Pallas's Reed BuntingSchoeniclus pallasiRare/Accidental
Eurasian Reed BuntingSchoeniclus schoeniclus
Black-faced BuntingSchoeniclus spodocephala
Japanese Yellow BuntingSchoeniclus sulphuratus
Rustic BuntingSchoeniclus rusticus
Chestnut BuntingSchoeniclus rutilusRare/Accidental
Little BuntingSchoeniclus pusillus
Yellow-breasted BuntingSchoeniclus aureolusRare/Accidental
Grey BuntingSchoeniclus variabilis
Tristram's BuntingSchoeniclus tristramiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Golden-crowned SparrowZonotrichia atricapillaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Coal TitPeriparus ater
Varied TitSittiparus varius
Cinereous TitParus cinereus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

Eastern Penduline TitRemiz consobrinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Asian Short-toed LarkAlaudala cheleensisRare/Accidental
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaRare/Accidental
Eurasian Sky LarkAlauda arvensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Stepanyan's WarblerLocustella amnicola

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Black-browed Reed WarblerAcrocephalus bistrigiceps
Oriental Reed WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Asian House MartinDelichon dasypus
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Sand MartinRiparia riparia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Brown-eared BulbulHypsipetes amaurotis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Yellow-browed WarblerAbrornis inornatus
Eastern Crowned Leaf WarblerSeicercus coronatus
Kamtschatka Leaf WarblerSeicercus examinandus
Sakhalin Leaf WarblerSeicercus borealoides

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Asian StubtailUrosphena squameiceps
Japanese Bush WarblerHorornis diphone
Manchurian Bush WarblerHorornis canturians

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Japanese White-eyeZosterops japonicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus
Japanese WaxwingBombycilla japonica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Eurasian NuthatchSitta europaea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingAgropsar philippensis
Red-billed StarlingSpodiopsar sericeusRare/Accidental
White-cheeked StarlingSpodiopsar cineraceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

Brown DipperCinclus pallasii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Grey-streaked FlycatcherMuscicapa griseisticta
Dark-sided FlycatcherMuscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
Blue-and-white FlycatcherCyanoptila cyanomelana
Rufous-tailed RobinLarvivora sibilans
Japanese RobinLarvivora akahige
Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyane
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaRare/Accidental
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurus
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicillaRare/Accidental
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimaki
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissina
Yellow-rumped FlycatcherFicedula zanthopygia
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreus
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
Eastern StonechatSaxicola maurus
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

White's ThrushZoothera aurea
Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Japanese ThrushTurdus cardis
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Brown-headed ThrushTurdus chrysolaus
Pale ThrushTurdus pallidus
Naumann's ThrushTurdus naumanni
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomus

 

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