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This checklist includes all bird species found in Antarctica , 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).

Bird Checklists of the World is part of Avibase and Bird links to the World, which are designed and maintained by Denis Lepage, and hosted by Birds Canada, which is a co-partner of Birdlife International.

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Country or region: Antarctica [map]

Number of species: 62
Number of endemics: 1
Number of breeding endemics: 1
Last modified: 2022-07-26
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Yellow-billed PintailAnas georgica


Snowy SheathbillChionis albus


Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental


Chilean SkuaStercorarius chilensis
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental


Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Antarctic TernSterna vittata


King PenguinAptenodytes patagonicus
Emperor PenguinAptenodytes forsteriEndemic Near-threatened
Adelie PenguinPygoscelis adeliae
Gentoo PenguinPygoscelis papua
Chinstrap PenguinPygoscelis antarcticus
Magellanic PenguinSpheniscus magellanicusRare/Accidental
Macaroni PenguinEudyptes chrysolophusVulnerable
Royal PenguinEudyptes schlegeliRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Southern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes chrysocomeVulnerable


Gray-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostomaEndangered
White-capped AlbatrossThalassarche cautaRare/Accidental
Salvin's AlbatrossThalassarche salviniRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
Sooty AlbatrossPhoebetria fuscaEndangered
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrataNear-threatened
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans


Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Gray-backed Storm-PetrelGarrodia nereis
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropica


Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halli
Southern FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Antarctic PetrelThalassoica antarcticaBreeding endemic
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Snow PetrelPagodroma nivea
Kerguelen PetrelAphrodroma brevirostris
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollis
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
Atlantic PetrelPterodroma incertaEndangered
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Fairy PrionPachyptila turtur
Broad-billed PrionPachyptila vittata
Salvin's PrionPachyptila salvini
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata
Slender-billed PrionPachyptila belcheri
Gray PetrelProcellaria cinereaNear-threatened
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialisVulnerable
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravisRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
South Georgia Diving-PetrelPelecanoides georgicus

SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

South Georgia ShagLeucocarbo georgianus
Antarctic ShagLeucocarbo bransfieldensis
Crozet ShagLeucocarbo melanogenis


Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis


Barn OwlTyto albaRare/Accidental


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