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This checklist includes all bird species found in Faroe 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 .

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Country or region: Faroe Islands [map]

Number of species: 358
Number of introduced species: 4
Date last reviewed: 2020-10-17
Last modified: 2024-01-05
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_the_Faroe_Islands
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Bar-headed GooseAnser indicusRare/Accidental
Snow GooseAnser caerulescensRare/Accidental
Ross's GooseAnser rossiiIntroduced species
Graylag GooseAnser anser
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons
Taiga Bean-GooseAnser fabalisRare/Accidental
Tundra Bean-GooseAnser serrirostrisRare/Accidental
Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus
BrantBranta bernicla
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsiiRare/Accidental
Canada GooseBranta canadensisIntroduced species
Mute SwanCygnus olorIntroduced species
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusRare/Accidental
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Common ShelduckTadorna tadornaRare/Accidental
Wood DuckAix sponsaRare/Accidental
Mandarin DuckAix galericulataRare/Accidental
GarganeySpatula querquedulaRare/Accidental
Blue-winged TealSpatula discorsRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
GadwallMareca streperaRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
American WigeonMareca americanaRare/Accidental
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
American Black DuckAnas rubripesRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Common PochardAythya ferinaRare/Accidental
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisRare/Accidental
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marilaRare/Accidental
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisRare/Accidental
Steller's EiderPolysticta stelleriRare/Accidental
King EiderSomateria spectabilisRare/Accidental
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicusRare/Accidental
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataRare/Accidental
Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaRare/Accidental
White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandiRare/Accidental
Common ScoterMelanitta nigra
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Barrow's GoldeneyeBucephala islandicaRare/Accidental
SmewMergellus albellusRare/Accidental
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatusRare/Accidental
Common MerganserMergus merganserRare/Accidental
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Willow PtarmiganLagopus lagopusIntroduced species
Rock PtarmiganLagopus mutaIntroduced species
Black GrouseLyrurus tetrix
Common QuailCoturnix coturnixRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisRare/Accidental
Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podicepsRare/Accidental
Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaRare/Accidental
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Stock DoveColumba oenasRare/Accidental
Common Wood-PigeonColumba palumbus
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turtur
Oriental Turtle-DoveStreptopelia orientalisRare/Accidental
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaoctoRare/Accidental
Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraRare/Accidental

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Pallas's SandgrouseSyrrhaptes paradoxusRare/Accidental

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRare/Accidental
Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melbaRare/Accidental
Common SwiftApus apus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Water RailRallus aquaticus
Corn CrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra
American CootFulica americanaRare/Accidental
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusillaRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensisRare/Accidental
Common CraneGrus grusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
European Golden-PloverPluvialis apricaria
Eurasian DotterelEudromias morinellusRare/Accidental
KilldeerCharadrius vociferusRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusRare/Accidental
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusRare/Accidental
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Wilson's SnipeGallinago delicataRare/Accidental
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosRare/Accidental
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaRare/Accidental
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebulariaRare/Accidental
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/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 minutaRare/Accidental
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusillaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus
Great SkuaStercorarius skua
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Alcidae

Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhataRare/Accidental
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
RazorbillAlca torda
Great AukPinguinus impennisRare/Accidental
DovekieAlle alle
Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
Common MurreUria aalge

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Little GullHydrocoloeus minutusRare/Accidental
Ross's GullRhodostethia roseaRare/Accidental
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Ivory GullPagophila eburneaRare/Accidental
Sabine's GullXema sabiniRare/Accidental
Bonaparte's GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRare/Accidental
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusRare/Accidental
Common GullLarus canus
Short-billed GullLarus brachyrhynchusRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Common TernSterna hirundoRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisRare/Accidental

 
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae

Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Arctic LoonGavia arcticaRare/Accidental
Pacific LoonGavia pacificaRare/Accidental
Common LoonGavia immer
Yellow-billed LoonGavia adamsiiRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Atlantic Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchosRare/Accidental
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicus
Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhous

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Fea's PetrelPterodroma feaeRare/Accidental
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaRare/Accidental
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Northern GannetMorus bassanus

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
European ShagGulosus aristotelis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellarisRare/Accidental
American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusRare/Accidental
Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticoraxRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpureaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusRare/Accidental
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusRare/Accidental
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusRare/Accidental
Northern HarrierCircus hudsoniusRare/Accidental
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusRare/Accidental
Eurasian GoshawkAccipiter gentilisRare/Accidental
Red KiteMilvus milvusRare/Accidental
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaRare/Accidental
Rough-legged HawkButeo lagopusRare/Accidental
Common BuzzardButeo buteoRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Eurasian Scops-OwlOtus scopsRare/Accidental
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusRare/Accidental
Northern Hawk OwlSurnia ululaRare/Accidental
Long-eared OwlAsio otusRare/Accidental
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanniRare/Accidental
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Amur FalconFalco amurensisRare/Accidental
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteoRare/Accidental
GyrfalconFalco rusticolus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinusRare/Accidental
Great Gray ShrikeLanius excubitorRare/Accidental
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Eurasian MagpiePica picaRare/Accidental
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegus
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Hooded CrowCorvus cornix
Common RavenCorvus corax

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Eurasian Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusRare/Accidental
Great TitParus majorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisRare/Accidental
Calandra LarkMelanocorypha calandraRare/Accidental
Wood LarkLullula arboreaRare/Accidental
Eurasian SkylarkAlauda arvensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Booted WarblerIduna caligataRare/Accidental
Sykes's WarblerIduna ramaRare/Accidental
Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaRare/Accidental
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaRare/Accidental
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricolaRare/Accidental
Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorumRare/Accidental
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisRare/Accidental
Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusRare/Accidental
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Pallas's Grasshopper WarblerHelopsaltes certhiolaRare/Accidental
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolataRare/Accidental
Common Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naeviaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Western House-MartinDelichon urbicum
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixRare/Accidental
Western Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus bonelliRare/Accidental
Eastern Bonelli's WarblerPhylloscopus orientalisRare/Accidental
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusRare/Accidental
Hume's WarblerPhylloscopus humeiRare/Accidental
Pallas's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus proregulusRare/Accidental
Radde's WarblerPhylloscopus schwarziRare/Accidental
Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusRare/Accidental
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusRare/Accidental
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Green WarblerPhylloscopus nitidusRare/Accidental
Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloidesRare/Accidental
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Barred WarblerCurruca nisoria
Lesser WhitethroatCurruca curruca
Rüppell's WarblerCurruca ruppeliRare/Accidental
Eastern Subalpine WarblerCurruca cantillansRare/Accidental
Greater WhitethroatCurruca communis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Regulidae

GoldcrestRegulus regulus
Common FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiarisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae

Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

White-throated DipperCinclus cinclusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

White's ThrushZoothera aureaRare/Accidental
Scaly ThrushZoothera daumaRare/Accidental
Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorusRare/Accidental
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos
RedwingTurdus iliacus
Eurasian BlackbirdTurdus merula
FieldfareTurdus pilaris
Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusRare/Accidental
Dusky ThrushTurdus eunomusRare/Accidental
Naumann's ThrushTurdus naumanniRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauuricaRare/Accidental
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
European RobinErithacus rubecula
Thrush NightingaleLuscinia lusciniaRare/Accidental
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosRare/Accidental
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaRare/Accidental
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliopeRare/Accidental
Red-flanked BluetailTarsiger cyanurusRare/Accidental
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaRare/Accidental
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca
Collared FlycatcherFicedula albicollisRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
European StonechatSaxicola rubicolaRare/Accidental
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurusRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

DunnockPrunella modularisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisRare/Accidental
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Richard's PipitAnthus richardiRare/Accidental
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Tree PipitAnthus trivialisRare/Accidental
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniRare/Accidental
Pechora PipitAnthus gustaviRare/Accidental
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental
Rock PipitAnthus petrosus
American PipitAnthus rubescensRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesRare/Accidental
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusRare/Accidental
Eurasian BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaRare/Accidental
European GreenfinchChloris chloris
TwiteLinaria flavirostrisRare/Accidental
Eurasian LinnetLinaria cannabinaRare/Accidental
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea
Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretRare/Accidental
Hoary RedpollAcanthis hornemanniRare/Accidental
Parrot CrossbillLoxia pytyopsittacusRare/Accidental
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
White-winged CrossbillLoxia leucopteraRare/Accidental
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisRare/Accidental
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calcariidae

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicusRare/Accidental
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Red-headed BuntingEmberiza brunicepsRare/Accidental
Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraRare/Accidental
YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaRare/Accidental
Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaRare/Accidental
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusRare/Accidental
Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaRare/Accidental
Rustic BuntingEmberiza rusticaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

White-crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta variaRare/Accidental
Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrinaRare/Accidental
Northern ParulaSetophaga americanaRare/Accidental
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechiaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoenaRare/Accidental

 

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