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This checklist includes all bird species found in Samoa Islands , 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 Clements, version 2021. 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: Samoa Islands [map]

Description: includes American and Western Samoa

Number of species: 111
Number of endemics: 7
Number of introduced species: 5
Last modified: 2022-05-04
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Eastern Spot-billed DuckAnas zonorhyncha

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Shy Ground DoveAlopecoenas stairiVulnerable
Tooth-billed PigeonDidunculus strigirostrisCritically endangered
Many-colored Fruit-DovePtilinopus perousii
Crimson-crowned Fruit-DovePtilinopus porphyraceus
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacifica

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-rumped SwiftletAerodramus spodiopygius
Australian SwiftletAerodramus terraereginae

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Samoan MoorhenGallinula pacificaEndemic Critically endangered (possibly extinct)
Black-backed SwamphenPorphyrio indicus
Australasian SwamphenPorphyrio melanotus
White-browed CrakePoliolimnas cinereus
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Masked LapwingVanellus milesRare/Accidental
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisNear-threatened
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisRare/Accidental Endangered
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Blue-gray NoddyAnous ceruleus
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusRare/Accidental
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricaudaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marinaRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalis
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennisRare/Accidental
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Stejneger's PetrelPterodroma longirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaRare/Accidental Endangered
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Buller's ShearwaterArdenna bulleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Newell's ShearwaterPuffinus newelliRare/Accidental Critically endangered
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata arielRare/Accidental
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Pacific KingfisherTodiramphus sacer
Flat-billed KingfisherTodiramphus recurvirostrisEndemic
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Blue-crowned LorikeetVini australis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Samoan MyzomelaMyzomela nigriventrisEndemic
MaoGymnomyza samoensisEndemic Endangered
Eastern Wattled-HoneyeaterFoulehaio carunculatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Polynesian TrillerLalage maculosa
Samoan TrillerLalage sharpeiNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Samoan WhistlerPachycephala flavifrons

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Samoan FantailRhipidura nebulosa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Fiji ShrikebillClytorhynchus vitiensis
Samoan FlycatcherMyiagra albiventrisEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Pacific RobinPetroica pusilla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahiticaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus caferIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Samoan White-eyeZosterops samoensisEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Polynesian StarlingAplonis tabuensis
Samoan StarlingAplonis atrifuscaEndemic
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Royal ParrotfinchErythrura regia
Red-headed ParrotfinchErythrura cyaneovirens

 

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