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This checklist includes all bird species found in Lord Howe Island , 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: Lord Howe Island [map]

Number of species: 213
Number of endemics: 3
Number of globally threatened species: 16
Number of extinct species: 3
Number of introduced species: 7
Last modified: 2022-07-22
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Plumed Whistling DuckDendrocygna eytoniEndemic (country/region)
Black SwanCygnus atratusRare/Accidental
Canada GooseBranta canadensisRare/Accidental
Australian ShelduckTadorna tadornoidesRare/Accidental
Paradise ShelduckTadorna variegataRare/Accidental
Australasian ShovelerSpatula rhynchotis
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
MallardAnas platyrhynchosIntroduced species
Grey TealAnas gibberifrons
Chestnut-breasted TealAnas castaneaRare/Accidental
Maned DuckChenonetta jubataRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

California QuailCallipepla californicaExtirpated

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusExtirpated

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Hoary-headed GrebePoliocephalus poliocephalusRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba liviaIntroduced species
White-throated PigeonColumba vitiensisExtirpated
Spotted-necked DoveStreptopelia chinensisRare/Accidental
Brush BronzewingPhaps elegansRare/Accidental
Peaceful DoveGeopelia placidaRare/Accidental
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Torresian Imperial PigeonDucula spilorrhoa

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereusRare/Accidental
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Fork-tailed SwiftApus pacificus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis
Horsfield's Bronze CuckooChalcites basalisRare/Accidental
Shining Bronze CuckooChalcites lucidus
Fan-tailed CuckooCacomantis flabelliformisRare/Accidental
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosusRare/Accidental
Pallid CuckooHeteroscenes pallidusRare/Accidental
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Lord Howe WoodhenHypotaenidia sylvestrisEndemic Endangered
Buff-banded RailHypotaenidia philippensis
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusillaRare/Accidental
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensis
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
White SwamphenPorphyrio albusEndemic Extinct
Dusky MoorhenGallinula tenebrosaRare/Accidental
Common CootFulica atraRare/Accidental

 
SPHENISCIFORMES: Spheniscidae

Southern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes chrysocomeRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Little PenguinEudyptula minor

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus
White-faced Storm-petrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta tropica
New Zealand Storm-petrelFregetta maorianaCritically endangered (possibly extinct)

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulansRare/Accidental
Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchos
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
Buller's AlbatrossThalassarche bulleriNear-threatened
White-capped AlbatrossThalassarche cauta

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Madeiran Storm-petrelHydrobates castroRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern Giant PetrelMacronectes halli
Southern Giant PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolataRare/Accidental
Fairy PrionPachyptila turturRare/Accidental
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Pycroft's PetrelPterodroma pycroftiExtirpated Vulnerable
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandri
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessoniiRare/Accidental
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macropteraRare/Accidental
Parkinson's PetrelProcellaria parkinsoniVulnerable
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Buller's ShearwaterArdenna bulleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravisRare/Accidental
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesNear-threatened
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelasNear-threatened
Fluttering ShearwaterPuffinus gaviaRare/Accidental
Hutton's ShearwaterPuffinus huttoniRare/Accidental Endangered
Little ShearwaterPuffinus assimilis
Common Diving PetrelPelecanoides urinatrix

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Australasian BitternBotaurus poiciloptilusRare/Accidental Endangered
Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Rufous Night HeronNycticorax caledonicusRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
White-necked HeronArdea pacifica
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae
Little EgretEgretta garzetta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Australian IbisThreskiornis moluccusRare/Accidental
Straw-necked IbisThreskiornis spinicollisRare/Accidental
Yellow-billed SpoonbillPlatalea flavipesRare/Accidental
Royal SpoonbillPlatalea regiaRare/Accidental
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata arielRare/Accidental
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Australasian GannetMorus serrator
Red-footed BoobySula sulaRare/Accidental
Brown BoobySula leucogasterRare/Accidental
Masked BoobySula dactylatra

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucosRare/Accidental
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboRare/Accidental
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostrisRare/Accidental
Great Pied CormorantPhalacrocorax variusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

South Island OystercatcherHaematopus finschiRare/Accidental
Pied OystercatcherHaematopus longirostrisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental
Double-banded PloverCharadrius bicinctusNear-threatened
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolusRare/Accidental
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultiiRare/Accidental
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental
Hooded DotterelThinornis cucullatusEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Black-breasted LapwingVanellus tricolorRare/Accidental
Masked LapwingVanellus miles

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Australian Painted-snipeRostratula australisRare/Accidental Endangered

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutusRare/Accidental
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisEndangered
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaRare/Accidental
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisEndangered
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisNear-threatened
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickiiNear-threatened
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereusRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosRare/Accidental
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Australian PratincoleStiltia isabellaRare/Accidental
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarumRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Grey NoddyProcelsterna albivitta
Atoll TernGygis alba
Silver GullChroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Kelp GullLarus dominicanusRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
White-fronted TernSterna striataNear-threatened
Black-naped TernSterna sumatranaRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaRare/Accidental
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergiiRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered KiteElanus axillarisRare/Accidental
Swamp HarrierCircus approximansRare/Accidental
White-bellied Sea EagleHaliaeetus leucogasterRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Australian Masked OwlTyto novaehollandiae
Pearly OwlTyto delicatula

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

MoreporkNinox novaeseelandiae

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatusRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Nankeen KestrelFalco cenchroides
Brown FalconFalco berigoraRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Red-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus novaezelandiaeExtirpated

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Brown GerygoneGerygone moukiEndemic (country/region)
Grey WarblerGerygone igata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
White-winged TrillerLalage tricolorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Australian Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

Pied CurrawongStrepera graculinaEndemic (country/region)
Masked WoodswallowArtamus personatusRare/Accidental
White-browed WoodswallowArtamus superciliosusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrysRare/Accidental
New Zealand FantailRhipidura fuliginosaExtirpated

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Australian RavenCorvus coronoidesRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Leaden MyiagraMyiagra rubeculaRare/Accidental
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleucaIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Australian PipitAnthus australisRare/Accidental
New Zealand PipitAnthus novaeseelandiaeRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebsRare/Accidental
European GreenfinchChloris chlorisRare/Accidental
Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaIntroduced species
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Eurasian Sky LarkAlauda arvensisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Brown SonglarkCincloramphus cruralisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Fairy MartinPetrochelidon arielRare/Accidental
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans
Welcome SwallowHirundo neoxena

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Silver-eyeZosterops lateralis
Robust White-eyeZosterops strenuusEndemic Extinct

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species
Tasman StarlingAplonis fuscaEndemic (country/region) Extinct

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Song ThrushTurdus philomelosIntroduced species
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merulaIntroduced species
Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 

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