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This checklist includes all bird species found in Cape Verde , 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 2023. 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: Cape Verde [map]

Other names: Republic of Cabo Verde

Number of species: 294
Number of endemics: 5
Number of breeding endemics: 3
Number of introduced species: 7
Date last reviewed: 2020-08-23
Last modified: 2024-03-18
See also: https://www.africanbirdclub.org/countries/checklists/download
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
GarganeySpatula querquedulaRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
GadwallMareca streperaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelopeRare/Accidental
American WigeonMareca americanaRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Marbled DuckMarmaronetta angustirostris
Common PochardAythya ferinaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisRare/Accidental
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagrisIntroduced species

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnix

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Common Wood-PigeonColumba palumbusRare/Accidental
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turturRare/Accidental
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoIntroduced species
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensisRare/Accidental
Namaqua DoveOena capensisRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melbaRare/Accidental
Cape Verde SwiftApus alexandriEndemic
Common SwiftApus apus
Plain SwiftApus unicolorRare/Accidental
Pallid SwiftApus pallidusRare/Accidental
African SwiftApus barbatusRare/Accidental
Little SwiftApus affinisRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

African CrakeCrex egregiaRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Lesser MoorhenParagallinula angulataRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atraRare/Accidental
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinicaRare/Accidental
Little CrakeZapornia parva
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusillaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricariaRare/Accidental
American Golden-PloverPluvialis dominicaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
Eurasian DotterelEudromias morinellusRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusRare/Accidental
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosusRare/Accidental
White-fronted PloverAnarhynchus marginatusRare/Accidental
Kentish PloverAnarhynchus alexandrinus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland SandpiperBartramia longicaudaRare/Accidental
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusRare/Accidental
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Great SnipeGallinago mediaRare/Accidental
Common SnipeGallinago gallinagoRare/Accidental
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataRare/Accidental
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Spotted SandpiperActitis maculariusRare/Accidental
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Solitary SandpiperTringa solitariaRare/Accidental
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopusRare/Accidental
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiRare/Accidental
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Least SandpiperCalidris minutillaRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Cream-colored CourserCursorius cursor
Black-winged PratincoleGlareola nordmanniRare/Accidental
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincolaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Great SkuaStercorarius skuaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Common MurreUria aalge

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaRare/Accidental
Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Slender-billed GullChroicocephalus geneiRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalusRare/Accidental
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Audouin's GullIchthyaetus audouiniiRare/Accidental
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Caspian GullLarus cachinnans
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellis
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatusRare/Accidental
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Common TernSterna hirundo
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
West African Crested TernThalasseus albididorsalisRare/Accidental

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturusRare/Accidental
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicus
Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhous
Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelHydrobates monorhisRare/Accidental
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelHydrobates castro
Cape Verde Storm-PetrelHydrobates jabejabeEndemic

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental
Fea's PetrelPterodroma feaeBreeding endemic
Black-capped PetrelPterodroma hasitataRare/Accidental
Atlantic PetrelPterodroma incertaRare/Accidental
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Cape Verde ShearwaterCalonectris edwardsiiBreeding endemic
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaRare/Accidental
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicus
Boyd's ShearwaterPuffinus boydiBreeding endemic
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigraRare/Accidental
White StorkCiconia ciconiaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Ascension FrigatebirdFregata aquilaRare/Accidental
Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanusRare/Accidental
Red-footed BoobySula sulaRare/Accidental
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanusRare/Accidental
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellarisRare/Accidental
Dwarf BitternIxobrychus sturmiiRare/Accidental
Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Black HeronEgretta ardesiacaRare/Accidental
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Western Reef-HeronEgretta gularis
Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Yellow-billed EgretArdea brachyrhyncha
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasRare/Accidental
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephalaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Northern Bald IbisGeronticus eremitaRare/Accidental
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterus
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusRare/Accidental
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusRare/Accidental
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusRare/Accidental
Red KiteMilvus milvus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinusRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudisRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicusRare/Accidental
European Bee-eaterMerops apiasterRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusRare/Accidental
Abyssinian RollerCoracias abyssinicusRare/Accidental
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurusRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquillaRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanniRare/Accidental
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Amur FalconFalco amurensisRare/Accidental
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonoraeRare/Accidental
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicusRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Great Gray ShrikeLanius excubitorRare/Accidental
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Brown-necked RavenCorvus ruficollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Greater Hoopoe-LarkAlaemon alaudipes
Thick-billed LarkRamphocoris clotbeyRare/Accidental
Bar-tailed LarkAmmomanes cinctura
Black-crowned Sparrow-LarkEremopterix nigriceps
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaRare/Accidental
Eurasian SkylarkAlauda arvensisRare/Accidental
Raso SkylarkAlauda razaeEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Eastern Olivaceous WarblerIduna pallidaRare/Accidental
Western Olivaceous WarblerIduna opacaRare/Accidental
Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaRare/Accidental
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaRare/Accidental
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusRare/Accidental
Cape Verde Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus brevipennisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioidesRare/Accidental
Common Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Plain MartinRiparia paludicolaRare/Accidental
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Eurasian Crag-MartinPtyonoprogne rupestrisRare/Accidental
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligulaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Western House-MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaRare/Accidental
Preuss's SwallowPetrochelidon preussiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusRare/Accidental
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusRare/Accidental
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
Lesser WhitethroatCurruca currucaRare/Accidental
African Desert WarblerCurruca desertiRare/Accidental
Sardinian WarblerCurruca melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Western Subalpine WarblerCurruca iberiaeRare/Accidental
Greater WhitethroatCurruca communisRare/Accidental
Spectacled WarblerCurruca conspicillata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgarisRare/Accidental
Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Song ThrushTurdus philomelosRare/Accidental
RedwingTurdus iliacusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
European RobinErithacus rubeculaRare/Accidental
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosRare/Accidental
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellinaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental
White-crowned WheatearOenanthe leucopygaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Red-billed QueleaQuelea queleaRare/Accidental
Yellow-crowned BishopEuplectes aferRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species
Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensis
Cape Verde SparrowPasser iagoensisEndemic
Sudan Golden SparrowPasser luteusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisRare/Accidental
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisRare/Accidental
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineusRare/Accidental
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Striolated BuntingEmberiza striolataRare/Accidental

 

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