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Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World

French Polynesia

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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 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: French Polynesia [map]

Number of species: 153
Number of endemics: 39
Number of breeding endemics: 1
Number of globally threatened species: 35
Number of extinct species: 11
Number of introduced species: 14
Date last reviewed: 2018-03-25
Last modified: 2018-12-29
See also: http://inpn.mnhn.fr/collTerr/outreMer/987/PYF/tab/especes
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

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

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red JunglefowlGallus gallusIntroduced species
Common PheasantPhasianus colchicusIntroduced species

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba liviaIntroduced species
Polynesian Ground DoveAlopecoenas erythropterusEndemic Critically endangered
Marquesan Ground DoveAlopecoenas rubescensEndemic Endangered
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Pacific Imperial PigeonDucula pacificaIntroduced species
Polynesian Imperial PigeonDucula auroraeEndemic Endangered
Nuku Hiva Imperial PigeonDucula galeataEndemic Endangered
Grey-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 mercieriiEndemic Extinct

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Marquesan SwiftletAerodramus ocistusEndemic
Polynesian SwiftletAerodramus leucophaeusEndemic

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Tahitian RailHypotaenidia pacificaEndemic Extinct
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensis
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

White-faced Storm-petrelPelagodroma marina
White-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta grallaria
Polynesian Storm-petrelNesofregetta fuliginosaEndangered

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophrisRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Madeiran Storm-petrelHydrobates castroRare/Accidental
Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhous

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipesRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Stejneger's PetrelPterodroma longirostrisRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookiiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Pycroft's PetrelPterodroma pycroftiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Murphy's PetrelPterodroma ultimaNear-threatened
Providence PetrelPterodroma solandriVulnerable
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglecta
Herald PetrelPterodroma arminjoniana
Henderson PetrelPterodroma atrataEndangered
Phoenix PetrelPterodroma albaEndangered
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectataNear-threatened
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalisVulnerable
Juan Fernandez PetrelPterodroma externaVulnerable
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
Grey PetrelProcellaria cinereaNear-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Buller's ShearwaterArdenna bulleriRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened
Pink-footed ShearwaterArdenna creatopusVulnerable
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Townsend's ShearwaterPuffinus auricularis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Little ShearwaterPuffinus assimilis
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataBreeding endemic Near-threatened
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarolaRare/Accidental
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Bristle-thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisVulnerable
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopusRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Tahiti SandpiperProsobonia leucopteraEndemic Extinct
Moorea SandpiperProsobonia ellisiEndemic Extinct
Tuamotu SandpiperProsobonia parvirostrisEndemic Endangered
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Blue NoddyProcelsterna cerulea
Atoll TernGygis alba
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisRare/Accidental
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetusRare/Accidental
Grey-backed TernOnychoprion lunatus
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatranaRare/Accidental
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Swamp HarrierCircus approximansIntroduced species

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Pearly OwlTyto delicatula
Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusIntroduced species

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Chattering KingfisherTodiramphus tutus
Tahitian KingfisherTodiramphus veneratusEndemic
Tuamotu KingfisherTodiramphus gambieriEndemic Critically endangered
Marquesan KingfisherTodiramphus godeffroyiEndemic Critically endangered

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Black-fronted ParakeetCyanoramphus zealandicusEndemic Extinct
Raiatea ParakeetCyanoramphus ulietanusEndemic Extinct
Rimatara LorikeetVini kuhliiEndemic Endangered
Blue LorikeetVini peruvianaEndemic Vulnerable
Ultramarine LorikeetVini ultramarinaEndemic Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Tahiti MonarchPomarea nigraEndemic Critically endangered
Maupiti MonarchPomarea pomareaEndemic Extinct
Eiao MonarchPomarea fluxaEndemic Extinct
Nuku Hiva MonarchPomarea nukuhivaeEndemic Extinct
Iphis MonarchPomarea iphisEndemic Critically endangered
Fatu Hiva MonarchPomarea whitneyiEndemic Critically endangered
Ua Pou MonarchPomarea miraEndemic Critically endangered
Marquesas MonarchPomarea mendozaeEndangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species
Chestnut-breasted MannikinLonchura castaneothoraxIntroduced species
Red-browed FinchNeochmia temporalisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Crimson-backed TanagerRamphocelus dimidiatusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Rimatara WarblerAcrocephalus rimitaraeEndemic Critically endangered
Forster's WarblerAcrocephalus musaeEndemic Extinct
Tahiti WarblerAcrocephalus cafferEndemic Endangered
Moorea WarblerAcrocephalus longirostrisEndemic Critically endangered
Northern Marquesan WarblerAcrocephalus percernisEndemic
Tuamotu WarblerAcrocephalus atyphusEndemic
Gambier Islands WarblerAcrocephalus astrolabiiEndemic Extinct
Southern Marquesan WarblerAcrocephalus mendanaeEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Sand MartinRiparia riparia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus caferIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Silver-eyeZosterops lateralisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe

 

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