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This checklist includes all bird species found in Tristan da Cunha 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 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: Tristan da Cunha Islands [map]

Other names: Tristan da Cunha

Description: includes Tristan da Cunha, Inaccessible, Nightingale and Gough

Number of species: 94
Number of endemics: 6
Number of breeding endemics: 1
Date last reviewed: 2016-07-01
Last modified: 2024-05-25
See also: https://www.africanbirdclub.org/countries/checklists/
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Speckled TealAnas flavirostrisRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricaudaRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Inaccessible Island RailAtlantisia rogersiEndemic
Paint-billed CrakeNeocrex erythropsRare/Accidental
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicusRare/Accidental
Tristan MoorhenGallinula nesiotisEndemic
Red-gartered CootFulica armillataRare/Accidental

 
SPHENISCIFORMES: Spheniscidae

King PenguinAptenodytes patagonicusRare/Accidental
Gentoo PenguinPygoscelis papuaRare/Accidental
Chinstrap PenguinPygoscelis antarcticusRare/Accidental
Macaroni PenguinEudyptes chrysolophusRare/Accidental
Northern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes moseleyi
Southern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes chrysocome

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus
Grey-backed Storm-petrelGarrodia nereis
White-faced Storm-petrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta tropica

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophoraRare/Accidental
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans
Sooty AlbatrossPhoebetria fusca
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrata
Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchos
Grey-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostoma
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
White-capped AlbatrossThalassarche cauta

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhous

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern Giant PetrelMacronectes halli
Southern Giant PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Southern FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Blue PetrelHalobaena caeruleaRare/Accidental
Broad-billed PrionPachyptila vittata
Salvin's PrionPachyptila salvini
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata
Slender-billed PrionPachyptila belcheri
Kerguelen PetrelAphrodroma brevirostris
Herald PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental
Juan Fernandez PetrelPterodroma externa
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollis
Atlantic PetrelPterodroma incerta
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
Grey PetrelProcellaria cinerea
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialis
Spectacled PetrelProcellaria conspicillataBreeding endemic
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Scopoli's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaRare/Accidental
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealisRare/Accidental
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Little ShearwaterPuffinus assimilis
Common Diving PetrelPelecanoides urinatrix

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental
Cocoi HeronArdea cocoiRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Little Blue HeronEgretta caeruleaRare/Accidental
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Chionidae

Snowy SheathbillChionis albusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaRare/Accidental
Rufous-chested DotterelCharadrius modestusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris albaRare/Accidental
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Spotted SandpiperActitis maculariusRare/Accidental
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
Chilean SkuaStercorarius chilensisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Kelp GullLarus dominicanusRare/Accidental
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaRare/Accidental
Antarctic TernSterna vittata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Nightingale Island FinchNesospiza acunhaeEndemic
Wilkins's FinchNesospiza wilkinsiEndemic
Gough Island FinchRowettia goughensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Cliff SwallowPetrochelidon pyrrhonotaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Tristan da Cunha ThrushTurdus eremitaEndemic

 

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