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

Description: Former country, including Aruba, Bonaire, CuraƧao, Saba, Sint-Eustatius and Sint-Maarten

Number of species: 383
Number of introduced species: 13
Last modified: 2024-02-13
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Whistling DuckDendrocygna autumnalis
West Indian Whistling DuckDendrocygna arborea
Fulvous Whistling DuckDendrocygna bicolorRare/Accidental
Masked DuckNomonyx dominicus
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serratorRare/Accidental
Orinoco GooseNeochen jubataRare/Accidental
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collaris
Greater ScaupAythya marilaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinis
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
Cinnamon TealSpatula cyanopteraRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealSpatula discors
GadwallMareca streperaRare/Accidental
American WigeonMareca americana
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
White-cheeked PintailAnas bahamensis
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Common TealAnas crecca
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
Muscovy DuckCairina moschataIntroduced species
Wood DuckAix sponsaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisIntroduced species

 
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 decaoctoIntroduced species
White-crowned PigeonPatagioenas leucocephalaRare/Accidental
Bare-eyed PigeonPatagioenas corensis
Scaly-naped PigeonPatagioenas squamosa
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi
Bridled Quail DoveGeotrygon mystacea
Ruddy Quail DoveGeotrygon montana
White-winged DoveZenaida asiaticaRare/Accidental
Zenaida DoveZenaida aurita
Eared DoveZenaida auriculata
Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraRare/Accidental
Common Ground DoveColumbina passerina
Ruddy Ground DoveColumbina talpacoti

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Steatornithidae

OilbirdSteatornis caripensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Antillean NighthawkChordeiles gundlachii
Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennis
Little NightjarSetopagis parvulaRare/Accidental
White-tailed NightjarHydropsalis cayennensis
Chuck-will's-widowAntrostomus carolinensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Black SwiftCypseloides nigerRare/Accidental
White-collared SwiftStreptoprocne zonaris
Gray-rumped SwiftChaetura cinereiventrisRare/Accidental
Vaux's SwiftChaetura vauxiRare/Accidental
Chimney SwiftChaetura pelagica
Chapman's SwiftChaetura chapmaniRare/Accidental
Sick's SwiftChaetura meridionalisRare/Accidental
Fork-tailed Palm SwiftTachornis squamataRare/Accidental
Common SwiftApus apusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Trochilidae

White-necked JacobinFlorisuga mellivoraRare/Accidental
Rufous-breasted HermitGlaucis hirsutus
Ruby-topaz HummingbirdChrysolampis mosquitus
Green-throated CaribEulampis holosericeus
Purple-throated CaribEulampis jugularis
Blue-tailed EmeraldChlorostilbon mellisugus
Antillean Crested HummingbirdOrthorhyncus cristatus
Copper-rumped HummingbirdAmazilia tobaci

 
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 lansbergi

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

SoraPorzana carolina
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicus
Common GallinuleGallinula galeata
American CootFulica americanaRare/Accidental
Caribbean CootFulica caribaea

 
GRUIFORMES: Heliornithidae

SungrebeHeliornis fulicaRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Aramidae

LimpkinAramus guarauna

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhous

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitata
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisRare/Accidental
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinusRare/Accidental
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Wood StorkMycteria americana

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchosRare/Accidental
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Boat-billed HeronCochlearius cochlearius
Pinnated BitternBotaurus pinnatus
Least BitternIxobrychus exilisRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night HeronNyctanassa violacea
Green HeronButorides virescens
Striated HeronButorides striata
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
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajaja
White IbisEudocimus albus
Scarlet IbisEudocimus ruber
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
White-faced IbisPlegadis chihi

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minorRare/Accidental
Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificens

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Red-footed BoobySula sula
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Masked BoobySula dactylatra

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritus
Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Double-striped Thick-kneeBurhinus bistriatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

American AvocetRecurvirostra americana
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Northern JacanaJacana spinosaRare/Accidental
Wattled JacanaJacana jacana

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
Least SandpiperCalidris minutilla
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollis
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 tricolor
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Black SkimmerRynchops niger
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensis
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
American Herring GullLarus smithsonianus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Least TernSternula antillarum
Large-billed TernPhaetusa simplexRare/Accidental
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias niger
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaRare/Accidental
Forster's TernSterna forsteriRare/Accidental
Elegant TernThalasseus elegansRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Royal TernThalasseus maximus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae

Turkey VultureCathartes aura
Black VultureCoragyps atratusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus
Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatusRare/Accidental
Long-winged HarrierCircus buffoniRare/Accidental
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Snail KiteRostrhamus sociabilisRare/Accidental
White-tailed HawkGeranoaetus albicaudatus
Swainson's HawkButeo swainsoniRare/Accidental
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Burrowing OwlAthene cunicularia

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius
Smoky-brown WoodpeckerPicoides fumigatus

 
PICIFORMES: Ramphastidae

Channel-billed ToucanRamphastos vitellinusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Ringed KingfisherMegaceryle torquataRare/Accidental
Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyon
Amazon KingfisherChloroceryle amazona
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

White-crowned ParrotPionus senilisRare/Accidental
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

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tityridae

Cinereous BecardPachyramphus rufus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Southern Beardless TyrannuletCamptostoma obsoletumRare/Accidental
Slaty ElaeniaElaenia streperaRare/Accidental
Small-billed ElaeniaElaenia parvirostrisRare/Accidental
Lesser ElaeniaElaenia chiriquensisRare/Accidental
Caribbean ElaeniaElaenia martinica
Piratic FlycatcherLegatus leucophaiusRare/Accidental
Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratusRare/Accidental
Cattle TyrantMachetornis rixosaRare/Accidental
Streaked FlycatcherMyiodynastes maculatusRare/Accidental
Variegated FlycatcherEmpidonomus variusRare/Accidental
Crowned Slaty FlycatcherGriseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatusRare/Accidental
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicus
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannus
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis
Fork-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus savana
Lesser Antillean FlycatcherMyiarchus oberiRare/Accidental
Great Crested FlycatcherMyiarchus crinitusRare/Accidental
Brown-crested FlycatcherMyiarchus tyrannulus
Northern Scrub FlycatcherSublegatus arenarum
Vermilion FlycatcherPyrocephalus rubinus
Pied Water TyrantFluvicola picaRare/Accidental
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorum
Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax trailliiRare/Accidental
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperiRare/Accidental
Western Wood PeweeContopus sordidulus
Eastern Wood PeweeContopus virens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scleruridae

Scaly-throated LeaftosserSclerurus guatemalensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dendrocolaptidae

Olivaceous WoodcreeperSittasomus griseicapillusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Furnariidae

Yellow-chinned SpinetailCerthiaxis cinnamomeus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

White-eyed VireoVireo griseusRare/Accidental
Yellow-throated VireoVireo flavifronsRare/Accidental
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusRare/Accidental
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Yellow-green VireoVireo flavoviridisRare/Accidental
Black-whiskered VireoVireo altiloquus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Village WeaverPloceus cucullatusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Black-headed MuniaLonchura malaccaRare/Accidental
Java SparrowLonchura oryzivoraRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Antillean EuphoniaEuphonia musica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
Rufous-collared SparrowZonotrichia capensis
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapilla
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraRare/Accidental
Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanopteraRare/Accidental
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta varia
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrina
Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapillaRare/Accidental
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichas
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla
Cape May WarblerSetophaga tigrinaRare/Accidental
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaRare/Accidental
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaRare/Accidental
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fusca
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechia
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanica
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striata
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescens
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarumRare/Accidental
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominicaRare/Accidental
Prairie WarblerSetophaga discolor
Black-throated Green WarblerSetophaga virens
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
Red-breasted BlackbirdLeistes militarisRare/Accidental
Yellow OrioleIcterus nigrogularis
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula
Venezuelan TroupialIcterus icterus
Orchard OrioleIcterus spuriusRare/Accidental
Bronzed CowbirdMolothrus aeneus
Shiny CowbirdMolothrus bonariensis
Carib GrackleQuiscalus lugubris
Great-tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanus
Oriole BlackbirdGymnomystax mexicanusRare/Accidental
Yellow-hooded BlackbirdChrysomus icterocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus
DickcisselSpiza americana
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyanea
Blue GrosbeakPasserina caeruleaRare/Accidental
Blue-black GrosbeakCyanoloxia cyanoidesRare/Accidental
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivacea
Summer TanagerPiranga rubraRare/Accidental
Western TanagerPiranga ludovicianaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Saffron FinchSicalis flaveola
Blue-black GrassquitVolatinia jacarina
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
Greater Antillean BullfinchMelopyrrha violaceaRare/Accidental
Black-faced GrassquitMelanospiza bicolor
Lesser Antillean BullfinchLoxigilla noctis
Golden-hooded TanagerTangara larvata
Masked TanagerTangara nigrocincta

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Green-capped EremomelaEremomela scotops

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulva
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolorRare/Accidental
White-winged SwallowTachycineta albiventer
White-rumped SwallowTachycineta leucorrhoaRare/Accidental
Chilean SwallowTachycineta leucopygaRare/Accidental
Brown-chested MartinProgne tapera
Purple MartinProgne subis
Caribbean MartinProgne dominicensis
Cuban MartinProgne cryptoleuca
Gray-breasted MartinProgne chalybeaRare/Accidental
Northern Rough-winged SwallowStelgidopteryx serripennis
Blue-and-white SwallowPygochelidon cyanoleucaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

House WrenTroglodytes aedon

 
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensisRare/Accidental
Scaly-breasted ThrasherAllenia fusca
Pearly-eyed ThrasherMargarops fuscatus
Brown TremblerCinclocerthia ruficauda
Tropical MockingbirdMimus gilvus
Brown ThrasherToxostoma rufumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species
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 minimus
Yellow-legged ThrushTurdus flavipesRare/Accidental
Spectacled ThrushTurdus nudigenisRare/Accidental

 

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