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

Other names: 埼玉県, Saitama-ken

Number of species: 377
Number of breeding endemics: 3
Number of introduced species: 7
Date last reviewed: 2018-05-21
Last modified: 2022-10-23
See also: http://www.wbsj-saitama.org/kennai-2.html
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Mute SwanCygnus olorIntroduced species
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusRare/Accidental
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Brent GooseBranta bernicla
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsii
Swan GooseAnser cygnoidRare/Accidental
Bean GooseAnser fabalis
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Lesser White-fronted GooseAnser erythropusRare/Accidental
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataRare/Accidental
Black ScoterMelanitta americana
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
SmewMergellus albellus
GoosanderMergus merganser
Scaly-sided MerganserMergus squamatusRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicus
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Red-crested PochardNetta rufinaRare/Accidental
Common PochardAythya ferina
CanvasbackAythya valisineriaRare/Accidental
Baer's PochardAythya baeri
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
Baikal TealSibirionetta formosa
Falcated DuckMareca falcata
GadwallMareca strepera
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
American WigeonMareca americanaRare/Accidental
Chinese Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Japanese QuailCoturnix japonica
Chinese Bamboo PartridgeBambusicola thoracicusIntroduced species
Copper PheasantSyrmaticus soemmerringiiEndemic (country/region)
Green PheasantPhasianus versicolorEndemic (country/region)
Rock PtarmiganLagopus muta

 
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 janthina
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
White-bellied Green PigeonTreron sieboldii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Grey NightjarCaprimulgus indicus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutus
Fork-tailed SwiftApus pacificus
House SwiftApus nipalensis

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Northern Hawk CuckooHierococcyx hyperythrus
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Swinhoe's RailCoturnicops exquisitus
Eastern Water RailRallus indicus
Slaty-breasted RailLewinia striataRare/Accidental
Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fusca
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusilla
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

White-naped CraneAntigone vipio
Demoiselle CraneGrus virgoRare/Accidental
Hooded CraneGrus monacha

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated DiverGavia stellata
Black-throated DiverGavia arctica
Pacific LoonGavia pacifica

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Laysan AlbatrossPhoebastria immutabilis
Black-footed AlbatrossPhoebastria nigripes

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Madeiran Storm-petrelHydrobates castro
Matsudaira's Storm-petrelHydrobates matsudairae
Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhous
Swinhoe's Storm-petrelHydrobates monorhis

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Bonin PetrelPterodroma hypoleuca
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriRare/Accidental
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipes
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigraRare/Accidental
Oriental White StorkCiconia boyciana

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia
Black-faced SpoonbillPlatalea minor

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Brown BoobySula leucogaster

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Japanese CormorantPhalacrocorax capillatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Long-billed PloverCharadrius placidus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental
Grey-headed LapwingVanellus cinereus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensis
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
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
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Little StintCalidris minutaRare/Accidental
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Asian DowitcherLimnodromus semipalmatusRare/Accidental
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Solitary SnipeGallinago solitaria
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaRare/Accidental
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Long-billed MurreletBrachyramphus perdixBreeding endemic
Japanese MurreletSynthliboramphus wumizusumeBreeding endemic

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudus
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Saunders's GullSaundersilarus saundersi
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Mew GullLarus canus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
American Herring GullLarus smithsonianus
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagus
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Aleutian TernOnychoprion aleuticusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Oriental Honey BuzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Mountain Hawk EagleNisaetus nipalensis
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
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

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

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

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Northern WryneckJynx torquilla
Japanese WoodpeckerPicus awokeraEndemic (country/region)
Japanese Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos kizuki
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos minor
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 pileata

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

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

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus
Japanese MinivetPericrocotus tegimaeEndemic (country/region)

 
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 borealis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Japanese Paradise-flycatcherTerpsiphone atrocaudata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

Alpine AccentorPrunella collaris
Japanese AccentorPrunella rubida

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red AvadavatAmandava amandava

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Russet SparrowPasser cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicusRare/Accidental
Pechora PipitAnthus gustaviRare/Accidental
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus
American PipitAnthus rubescens
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisRare/Accidental
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
Japanese Pied WagtailMotacilla grandis
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

BramblingFringilla montifringilla
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes
Yellow-billed GrosbeakEophona migratoria
Japanese GrosbeakEophona personata
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
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Black-headed BuntingGranativora melanocephalaRare/Accidental
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 sulphuratusBreeding endemic
Rustic BuntingSchoeniclus rusticus
Little BuntingSchoeniclus pusillus
Yellow-breasted BuntingSchoeniclus aureolus
Yellow-browed BuntingSchoeniclus chrysophrys
Grey BuntingSchoeniclus variabilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysRare/Accidental
Golden-crowned SparrowZonotrichia atricapillaRare/Accidental
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Coal TitPeriparus ater
Varied TitSittiparus varius
Willow TitPoecile montanus
Cinereous TitParus cinereus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

Eastern Penduline TitRemiz consobrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Asian Short-toed LarkAlaudala cheleensisRare/Accidental
Bimaculated LarkMelanocorypha bimaculataRare/Accidental
Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisRare/Accidental
Eurasian Sky LarkAlauda arvensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Japanese Swamp WarblerLocustella pryeri
Middendorff's WarblerLocustella ochotensis
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata

 
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

Wood WarblerRhadina sibilatrixRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed WarblerAbrornis inornatus
Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusRare/Accidental
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaRare/Accidental
Eastern Crowned Leaf WarblerSeicercus coronatus
Arctic WarblerSeicercus borealis
Kamtschatka Leaf WarblerSeicercus examinandus
Japanese Leaf WarblerSeicercus xanthodryas
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: Leiothrichidae

Melodious Laughing-thrushGarrulax canorusIntroduced species
Red-billed LeiothrixLeiothrix luteaIntroduced species

 
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 vulgaris
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingAgropsar philippensis
Asian Pied StarlingGracupica contraIntroduced species
White-shouldered StarlingSturnia sinensis
White-cheeked StarlingSpodiopsar cineraceus
Crested MynaAcridotheres cristatellusRare/Accidental

 
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 svecica
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurus
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaRare/Accidental
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicillaRare/Accidental
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimaki
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissina
Yellow-rumped FlycatcherFicedula zanthopygia
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreus
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
Eastern StonechatSaxicola maurus
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

White's ThrushZoothera aurea
Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Siberian ThrushGeokichla sibirica
RedwingTurdus iliacusRare/Accidental
Japanese ThrushTurdus cardis
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Brown-headed ThrushTurdus chrysolaus
Pale ThrushTurdus pallidus
FieldfareTurdus pilarisRare/Accidental
Naumann's ThrushTurdus naumanniRare/Accidental
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomus

 

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