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New Britain Archipelago

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This checklist includes all bird species found in New Britain Archipelago , 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: New Britain Archipelago [map]

Number of species: 332
Number of globally threatened species: 15
Number of introduced species: 5
Date last reviewed: 2014-08-02
Last modified: 2018-06-10
See also: http://www.birdsofmelanesia.net/png8html/newbritain.pdf
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CASUARIIFORMES: Casuariidae

Dwarf CassowaryCasuarius bennettiIntroduced species

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Spotted Whistling DuckDendrocygna guttata
Wandering Whistling DuckDendrocygna arcuata
Radjah ShelduckRadjah radjah
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental
GarganeySpatula querquedulaRare/Accidental
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Grey TealAnas gibberifrons
Northern PintailAnas acuta

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Brown-collared Brush-turkeyTalegalla jobiensis
New Guinea MegapodeMegapodius decollatus
Melanesian MegapodeMegapodius eremita
Orange-footed MegapodeMegapodius reinwardt

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Blue-breasted QuailSynoicus chinensis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

White-throated PigeonColumba vitiensisRare/Accidental
Yellow-legged PigeonColumba pallidicepsVulnerable
Spotted-necked DoveStreptopelia chinensisIntroduced species
Brown Cuckoo DoveMacropygia amboinensis
Black-billed Cuckoo DoveMacropygia nigrirostris
Mackinlay's Cuckoo DoveMacropygia mackinlayiRare/Accidental
Great Cuckoo DoveReinwardtoena reinwardti
Pied Cuckoo DoveReinwardtoena browniNear-threatened
New Guinea BronzewingHenicophaps albifrons
New Britain BronzewingHenicophaps foersteriVulnerable
White-bibbed Ground DoveAlopecoenas jobiensis
Bronze Ground DoveAlopecoenas beccarii
Thick-billed Ground PigeonTrugon terrestris
Cinnamon Ground DoveGallicolumba rufigula
Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Stephan's DoveChalcophaps stephani
Pacific Imperial PigeonDucula pacifica
Red-knobbed Imperial PigeonDucula rubriceraNear-threatened
Purple-tailed Imperial PigeonDucula rufigaster
Finsch's Imperial PigeonDucula finschiiNear-threatened
Island Imperial PigeonDucula pistrinaria
Pinon's Imperial PigeonDucula pinon
Bismarck Imperial PigeonDucula melanochroa
Collared Imperial PigeonDucula mullerii
Banded Imperial PigeonDucula zoeae
Pied Imperial PigeonDucula bicolor
Torresian Imperial PigeonDucula spilorrhoa
Wompoo Fruit DovePtilinopus magnificus
Pink-spotted Fruit DovePtilinopus perlatus
Ornate Fruit DovePtilinopus ornatus
Superb Fruit DovePtilinopus superbus
Coroneted Fruit DovePtilinopus coronulatus
Beautiful Fruit DovePtilinopus pulchellus
White-bibbed Fruit DovePtilinopus rivoli
Yellow-bibbed Fruit DovePtilinopus solomonensis
Orange-bellied Fruit DovePtilinopus iozonus
Knob-billed Fruit DovePtilinopus insolitus
Papuan Mountain PigeonGymnophaps albertisii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricaudaRare/Accidental
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Podargidae

Marbled FrogmouthPodargus ocellatus
Papuan FrogmouthPodargus papuensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Papuan NightjarEurostopodus papuensis
Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Aegothelidae

Barred Owlet-nightjarAegotheles bennettii

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Moustached TreeswiftHemiprocne mystacea
Papuan Spinetailed SwiftMearnsia novaeguineae
White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutus
Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
Mayr's SwiftletAerodramus orientalisIntroduced species Data deficient
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis
White-rumped SwiftletAerodramus spodiopygius

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Pied CoucalCentropus ateralbus
Greater Black CoucalCentropus menbeki
Violaceous CoucalCentropus violaceusNear-threatened
Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus
Dwarf KoelMicrodynamis parva
Common KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Pacific KoelEudynamys orientalis
Long-tailed KoelUrodynamis taitensis
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Shining Bronze CuckooChalcites lucidus
White-eared Bronze CuckooChalcites meyerii
Little Bronze CuckooChalcites minutillus
Chestnut-breasted CuckooCacomantis castaneiventris
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
White-crowned CuckooCaliechthrus leucolophus
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus
Himalayan CuckooCuculus saturatus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

New Britain RailHypotaenidia insignisEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Buff-banded RailHypotaenidia philippensis
Bare-eyed RailGymnocrex plumbeiventris
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensis
Rufous-tailed Bush-henAmaurornis moluccana
White-browed CrakeAmaurornis cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Dusky MoorhenGallinula tenebrosaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus
White-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta grallaria
Black-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta tropica

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Matsudaira's Storm-petrelHydrobates matsudairaeVulnerable

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Gould's PetrelPterodroma leucopteraVulnerable
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostris
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesNear-threatened
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelasNear-threatened
Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Heinroth's ShearwaterPuffinus heinrothiVulnerable
Beck's PetrelPseudobulweria beckiCritically endangered
Tahiti PetrelPseudobulweria rostrataNear-threatened

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatusRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Rufous Night HeronNycticorax caledonicus
Striated HeronButorides striata
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Pied HeronEgretta picata
Little EgretEgretta garzettaRare/Accidental
Pacific Reef EgretEgretta sacra

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Red-footed BoobySula sula
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Masked BoobySula dactylatraRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostrisRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Anhingidae

Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Beach Thick-kneeEsacus magnirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Masked LapwingVanellus miles

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Comb-crested JacanaIrediparra gallinacea

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisEndangered
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
RuffCalidris pugnax
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaNear-threatened
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisNear-threatened
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Pintail SnipeGallinago stenura
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Wandering TattlerTringa incana
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Red-backed ButtonquailTurnix maculosus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Australian PratincoleStiltia isabellaRare/Accidental
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudus
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Atoll TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Grey-backed TernOnychoprion lunatusRare/Accidental
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black Honey BuzzardHenicopernis infuscatusEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Pygmy EagleHieraaetus weiskei
Variable GoshawkAccipiter hiogaster
Gray GoshawkAccipiter novaehollandiae
New Britain GoshawkAccipiter princepsEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Slaty-backed SparrowhawkAccipiter luteoschistaceusVulnerable
New Britain SparrowhawkAccipiter brachyurusEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Meyer's GoshawkAccipiter meyerianus
White-bellied Sea EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Golden Masked OwlTyto aurantiaEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Pearly OwlTyto delicatula

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Rufous OwlNinox rufa
Barking BoobookNinox connivens
Jungle BoobookNinox theomacha
Russet BoobookNinox odiosaEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Bismarck BoobookNinox variegataEndemic (country/region)

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Papuan HornbillRhyticeros plicatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus
Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Variable Dwarf KingfisherCeyx lepidus
Little KingfisherCeyx pusillus
Azure KingfisherCeyx azureus
Bismarck KingfisherCeyx websteriEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Yellow-billed KingfisherSyma torotoro
Forest KingfisherTodiramphus macleayii
New Britain KingfisherTodiramphus albonotatusNear-threatened
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
Beach KingfisherTodiramphus saurophagus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Common Paradise KingfisherTanysiptera galatea
Buff-breasted Paradise KingfisherTanysiptera sylvia
Red-breasted Paradise KingfisherTanysiptera nympha
Hook-billed KingfisherMelidora macrorrhina
Rufous-bellied KookaburraDacelo gaudichaud

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Oriental HobbyFalco severusRare/Accidental
Australian HobbyFalco longipennisRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Palm CockatooProbosciger aterrimus
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita
Blue-eyed CockatooCacatua ophthalmicaEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Buff-faced Pygmy ParrotMicropsitta pusio
Red-breasted Pygmy ParrotMicropsitta bruijnii
Eclectus ParrotEclectus roratus
Red-cheeked ParrotGeoffroyus geoffroyi
Singing ParrotGeoffroyus heteroclitus
Red-chinned LorikeetCharmosyna rubrigularis
Red-flanked LorikeetCharmosyna placentis
Black-capped LoryLorius lory
Purple-bellied LoryLorius hypoinochrous
Brown LoryChalcopsitta duivenbodei
Cardinal LoryChalcopsitta cardinalis
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus
Edwards's Fig ParrotPsittaculirostris edwardsii
Black-fronted Fig ParrotCyclopsitta nigrifrons
Orange-fronted Hanging ParrotLoriculus aurantiifrons
Green-fronted Hanging ParrotLoriculus tenerNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Red-bellied PittaPitta erythrogaster

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Varied HoneyeaterGavicalis versicolor
Bismarck HoneyeaterMelidectes whitemanensisEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Ruby-throated MyzomelaMyzomela eques
Ashy MyzomelaMyzomela cineraceaEndemic (country/region)
Red MyzomelaMyzomela cruentata
Black MyzomelaMyzomela nigrita
Black-bellied MyzomelaMyzomela erythromelasEndemic (country/region)
Scarlet-bibbed MyzomelaMyzomela sclateriEndemic (country/region)
Ebony MyzomelaMyzomela pammelaena
Scarlet-naped MyzomelaMyzomela lafargei
Crimson-rumped MyzomelaMyzomela eichhorni
Green-backed HoneyeaterGlycichaera fallax
Helmeted FriarbirdPhilemon buceroides
New Britain FriarbirdPhilemon cockerelliEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Fairy GerygoneGerygone palpebrosa
Large-billed GerygoneGerygone magnirostris
Pale-billed SericornisSericornis spilodera

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Barred CuckooshrikeCoracina lineata
Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
Melanesian CicadabirdEdolisoma remotum
Black-browed TrillerLalage atrovirens
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Grey WhistlerPachycephala simplex
Bismarck WhistlerPachycephala citreogaster
Australian Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Mangrove Golden WhistlerPachycephala melanura

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

White-backed WoodswallowArtamus insignisEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Bismarck FantailRhipidura dahliEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Bougainville CrowCorvus meeki
Bismarck CrowCorvus insularis
Australian CrowCorvus orru

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Leaden MyiagraMyiagra rubeculaRare/Accidental
Satin MyiagraMyiagra cyanoleuca
Shining MyiagraMyiagra alecto
Velvet MyiagraMyiagra hebetiorEndemic (country/region)
Frilled MonarchArses telescopthalmus
Black-tailed MonarchSymposiachrus verticalisEndemic (country/region)
Golden MonarchCarterornis chrysomela
Island MonarchMonarcha cinerascens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Pacific RobinPetroica multicolor
Torrent RobinMonachella muelleriana
Lemon-bellied RobinMicroeca flavigaster

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Red-banded FlowerpeckerDicaeum eximium
Red-capped FlowerpeckerDicaeum geelvinkianum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Black SunbirdLeptocoma aspasia
Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Streak-headed MannikinLonchura tristissima
Hooded MannikinLonchura spectabilisEndemic (country/region)
White-cowled MannikinLonchura hunsteini
Bismarck MannikinLonchura melaenaEndemic (country/region)
Blue-faced ParrotfinchErythrura trichroa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Gray's WarblerLocustella fasciolata
Tawny GrassbirdCincloramphus timoriensis
Papuan GrassbirdCincloramphus macrurus
Melanesian ThicketbirdMegalurulus whitneyi
Rusty ThicketbirdMegalurulus rubiginosusEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Clamorous Reed WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus
Australian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus australis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricansRare/Accidental
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Island Leaf WarblerSeicercus maforensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Black-crowned White-eyeZosterops atrifrons
Bismarck White-eyeZosterops hypoxanthusEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
Yellow-faced MynaMino dumontii
Long-tailed MynaMino kreffti
Metallic StarlingAplonis metallica
Singing StarlingAplonis cantoroides
Atoll StarlingAplonis feadensisNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Pied Bush ChatSaxicola caprata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Black-backed ThrushZoothera talaseae
Island ThrushTurdus poliocephalus

 

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