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This checklist includes all bird species found in French Polynesia , 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).

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Country or region: French Polynesia [map]

Number of species: 169
Number of endemics: 42
Number of breeding endemics: 17
Number of globally threatened species: 39
Number of extinct species: 14
Number of introduced species: 15
Date last reviewed: 2021-03-21
Last modified: 2022-05-04
See also: https://inpn.mnhn.fr/collTerr/outreMer/987/PYF/tab/especes
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Ring-necked PheasantPhasianus colchicusIntroduced species
Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Marquesas Ground DoveAlopecoenas rubescensEndemic Endangered
Polynesian Ground DoveAlopecoenas erythropterusEndemic Critically endangered
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Gray-green Fruit-DovePtilinopus purpuratusEndemic
Makatea Fruit-DovePtilinopus chalcurusEndemic Vulnerable
Atoll Fruit-DovePtilinopus coralensisEndemic Near-threatened
Rapa Fruit-DovePtilinopus huttoniEndemic Critically endangered
White-capped Fruit-DovePtilinopus dupetithouarsiiEndemic
Red-moustached Fruit-DovePtilinopus mercieriiExtinct
Pacific Imperial-PigeonDucula pacificaIntroduced species
Polynesian Imperial-PigeonDucula auroraeEndemic Endangered
Marquesas Imperial-PigeonDucula galeataEndemic Endangered

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Polynesian SwiftletAerodramus leucophaeusEndemic
Marquesan SwiftletAerodramus ocistusEndemic

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Tahiti RailGallirallus pacificusExtinct
Marquesan SwamphenPorphyrio paepaeExtinct
Miller's RailZapornia nigraExtinct
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Masked LapwingVanellus milesRare/Accidental
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisNear-threatened
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
White-winged SandpiperProsobonia leucopteraExtinct
Moorea SandpiperProsobonia ellisiExtinct
Tuamotu SandpiperProsobonia parvirostrisEndemic Endangered
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
WilletTringa semipalmataRare/Accidental
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Blue-gray NoddyAnous ceruleus
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gray-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatranaRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Gray-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostomaRare/Accidental Endangered
Chatham AlbatrossThalassarche eremitaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-faced Storm-PetrelPelagodroma marinaRare/Accidental
White-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental
Polynesian Storm-PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Leach's Storm-PetrelHydrobates leucorhousRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Band-rumped Storm-PetrelHydrobates castroRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halliRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Gray-faced PetrelPterodroma gouldiRare/Accidental
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaVulnerable
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultima
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriVulnerable
Henderson PetrelPterodroma atrataEndangered
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollisRare/Accidental
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessoniiRare/Accidental
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Juan Fernandez PetrelPterodroma externaVulnerable
Hawaiian PetrelPterodroma sandwichensisRare/Accidental Endangered
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalis
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesVulnerable
Stejneger's PetrelPterodroma longirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Pycroft's PetrelPterodroma pycroftiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaEndangered
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Gray PetrelProcellaria cinereaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pink-footed ShearwaterArdenna creatopusRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Buller's ShearwaterArdenna bulleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Townsend's ShearwaterPuffinus auricularisCritically endangered
Rapa ShearwaterPuffinus myrtaeCritically endangered
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula
Abbott's BoobyPapasula abbottiExtirpated Endangered

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental
Striated HeronButorides striata

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swamp HarrierCircus approximansIntroduced species

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusIntroduced species

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Marquesas KingfisherTodiramphus godeffroyiEndemic Critically endangered
Society KingfisherTodiramphus veneratusEndemic
Niau KingfisherTodiramphus gertrudaeEndemic
Mangareva KingfisherTodiramphus gambieriEndemic
Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutusNear-threatened

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Raiatea ParakeetCyanoramphus ulietanusExtinct
Black-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus zealandicusExtinct
Ultramarine LorikeetVini ultramarinaEndemic Critically endangered
Kuhl's LorikeetVini kuhliiEndangered
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Tahiti MonarchPomarea nigraEndemic Critically endangered
Maupiti MonarchPomarea pomareaExtinct
Eiao MonarchPomarea fluxaExtinct
Nuku Hiva MonarchPomarea nukuhivaeExtinct
Iphis MonarchPomarea iphisEndemic Critically endangered
Ua Pou MonarchPomarea miraCritically endangered
Marquesas MonarchPomarea mendozaeEndangered
Fatuhiva MonarchPomarea whitneyiEndemic Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Southern Marquesan Reed WarblerAcrocephalus mendanaeEndemic
Rimitara Reed WarblerAcrocephalus rimitaraeEndemic Critically endangered
Society Islands Reed WarblerAcrocephalus musaeExtinct
Tahiti Reed WarblerAcrocephalus cafferEndemic Vulnerable
Moorea Reed WarblerAcrocephalus longirostrisCritically endangered
Northern Marquesan Reed WarblerAcrocephalus percernisEndemic
Tuamotu Reed WarblerAcrocephalus atyphusEndemic
Mangareva Reed WarblerAcrocephalus astrolabiiExtinct

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus caferIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

SilvereyeZosterops lateralisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Raiatea StarlingAplonis ulietensisExtinct
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Black-headed WeaverPloceus melanocephalusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red-browed FiretailNeochmia temporalisIntroduced species
Chestnut-breasted MuniaLonchura castaneothoraxIntroduced species
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Crimson-backed TanagerRamphocelus dimidiatusIntroduced species

 

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