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This checklist includes all bird species found in Palawan , 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: Palawan [map]

Other names: Province of Palawan

Number of species: 355
Number of endemics: 19
Number of globally threatened species: 22
Number of introduced species: 3
Last modified: 2022-08-30
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Wandering Whistling-DuckDendrocygna arcuata
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Philippine DuckAnas luzonicaEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula

 
GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Philippine MegapodeMegapodius cumingii

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Palawan Peacock-PheasantPolyplectron napoleonisEndemic Vulnerable
Red JunglefowlGallus gallus
Blue-breasted QuailSynoicus chinensis

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Metallic PigeonColumba vitiensis
Philippine Collared-DoveStreptopelia dusumieriVulnerable
Red Collared-DoveStreptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted DoveSpilopelia chinensis
Philippine Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia tenuirostris
Asian Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Nicobar PigeonCaloenas nicobaricaNear-threatened
White-eared Brown-DovePhapitreron leucotisEndemic (country/region)
Pink-necked Green-PigeonTreron vernans
Philippine Green-PigeonTreron axillaris
Thick-billed Green-PigeonTreron curvirostra
Yellow-breasted Fruit-DovePtilinopus occipitalisEndemic (country/region)
Black-chinned Fruit-DovePtilinopus leclancheri
Black-naped Fruit-DovePtilinopus melanospilus
Spotted Imperial-PigeonDucula carolaEndemic (country/region) Vulnerable
Green Imperial-PigeonDucula aeneaNear-threatened
Gray Imperial-PigeonDucula pickeringiiVulnerable
Pied Imperial-PigeonDucula bicolor

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
Lesser CoucalCentropus bengalensis
Chestnut-breasted MalkohaPhaenicophaeus curvirostris
Chestnut-winged CuckooClamator coromandus
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiaeRare/Accidental
Violet CuckooChrysococcyx xanthorhynchus
Little Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx minutillus
Banded Bay CuckooCacomantis sonneratii
Plaintive CuckooCacomantis merulinus
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
Square-tailed Drongo-CuckooSurniculus lugubris
Large Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx sparverioides
Philippine Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx pectoralisEndemic (country/region)
Oriental CuckooCuculus optatus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Podargidae

Palawan FrogmouthBatrachostomus chaseni

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Gray NightjarCaprimulgus jotaka
Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus
Philippine NightjarCaprimulgus manillensisEndemic (country/region)
Savanna NightjarCaprimulgus affinis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Brown-backed NeedletailHirundapus giganteus
Pygmy SwiftletCollocalia troglodytesEndemic (country/region)
Gray-rumped SwiftletCollocalia marginata
Philippine SwiftletAerodramus mearnsiEndemic (country/region)
Whitehead's SwiftletAerodramus whiteheadiData deficient
Ameline SwiftletAerodramus amelis
Mossy-nest SwiftletAerodramus salangana
Black-nest SwiftletAerodramus maximus
White-nest SwiftletAerodramus fuciphagus
Germain's SwiftletAerodramus germani
Pacific SwiftApus pacificus
House SwiftApus nipalensis
Asian Palm SwiftCypsiurus balasiensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Hemiprocnidae

Whiskered TreeswiftHemiprocne comataRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Slaty-breasted RailLewinia striata
Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Barred RailGallirallus torquatus
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Philippine SwamphenPorphyrio pulverulentusEndemic (country/region)
White-browed CrakePoliolimnas cinereus
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
Plain Bush-henAmaurornis olivaceaEndemic (country/region)
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
Red-legged CrakeRallina fasciata
Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fusca
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusilla

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Beach Thick-kneeEsacus magnirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Malaysian PloverCharadrius peroniiNear-threatened
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensisEndangered
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponicaNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisEndangered
Red KnotCalidris canutusNear-threatened
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataVulnerable
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaNear-threatened
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollisNear-threatened
SanderlingCalidris alba
Asian DowitcherLimnodromus semipalmatusNear-threatened
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenura
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesNear-threatened
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Small ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus
Barred ButtonquailTurnix suscitator

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostrisRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Black NoddyAnous minutus
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricaudaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelHydrobates monorhisRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelasNear-threatened
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostrisRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Christmas Island FrigatebirdFregata andrewsiVulnerable
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula leucogaster
Red-footed BoobySula sula

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogasterNear-threatened

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Schrenck's BitternIxobrychus eurhythmus
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeus
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Great-billed HeronArdea sumatrana
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Chinese EgretEgretta eulophotesVulnerable
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pacific Reef-HeronEgretta sacra
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Chinese Pond-HeronArdeola bacchusRare/Accidental
Javan Pond-HeronArdeola speciosa
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Nankeen Night-HeronNycticorax caledonicus
Japanese Night-HeronGorsachius goisagiVulnerable
Malayan Night-HeronGorsachius melanolophus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Black-faced SpoonbillPlatalea minorRare/Accidental Endangered

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
Philippine Honey-buzzardPernis steerei
Oriental Honey-buzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Jerdon's BazaAviceda jerdoni
Crested Serpent-EagleSpilornis cheela
Pinsker's Hawk-EagleNisaetus pinskeriEndemic (country/region) Endangered
Philippine Hawk-EagleNisaetus philippensisEndemic (country/region) Endangered
Changeable Hawk-EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
Rufous-bellied EagleLophotriorchis kieneriiNear-threatened
Gray-faced BuzzardButastur indicus
Eastern Marsh-HarrierCircus spilonotus
Pied HarrierCircus melanoleucos
Crested GoshawkAccipiter trivirgatus
Chinese SparrowhawkAccipiter soloensis
Japanese SparrowhawkAccipiter gularis
BesraAccipiter virgatus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Gray-headed Fish-EagleHaliaeetus ichthyaetusNear-threatened

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Australasian Grass-OwlTyto longimembris
Oriental Bay-OwlPhodilus badiusRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Palawan Scops-OwlOtus fuliginosusEndemic Near-threatened
Mantanani Scops-OwlOtus mantananensisEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Spotted Wood-OwlStrix seloputo
Brown BoobookNinox scutulata
Northern BoobookNinox japonica
Chocolate BoobookNinox randiEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Luzon BoobookNinox philippensis

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Palawan HornbillAnthracoceros marcheiEndemic Vulnerable

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Blue-eared KingfisherAlcedo meninting
Rufous-backed Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx rufidorsa
Stork-billed KingfisherPelargopsis capensis
Ruddy KingfisherHalcyon coromanda
Brown-breasted KingfisherHalcyon gularisEndemic (country/region)
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileataVulnerable
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Rufous-crowned Bee-eaterMerops americanusEndemic (country/region)
Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
PICIFORMES: Megalaimidae

Coppersmith BarbetPsilopogon haemacephalus

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Red-headed FlamebackChrysocolaptes erythrocephalusNear-threatened
Spot-throated FlamebackDinopium everettiEndemic (country/region) Near-threatened
Great Slaty WoodpeckerMulleripicus pulverulentusVulnerable
White-bellied WoodpeckerDryocopus javensis

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Oriental HobbyFalco severus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Philippine CockatooCacatua haematuropygiaEndemic (country/region) Critically endangered

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Blue-headed Racquet-tailPrioniturus platenaeEndemic Vulnerable
Blue-naped ParrotTanygnathus lucionensisNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Blue-breasted PittaErythropitta erythrogaster
Fairy PittaPitta nymphaRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Hooded PittaPitta sordida

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

Golden-bellied GerygoneGerygone sulphurea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Fiery MinivetPericrocotus igneusNear-threatened
Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus
Bar-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina striata
Pied TrillerLalage nigra
Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistosRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Mangrove WhistlerPachycephala cinerea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Dark-throated OrioleOriolus xanthonotusNear-threatened
Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithinidae

Common IoraAegithina tiphia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Philippine Pied-FantailRhipidura nigritorquisEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
Blue Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone cyanescensEndemic
Japanese Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone atrocaudataNear-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Tiger ShrikeLanius tigrinusRare/Accidental
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Slender-billed CrowCorvus enca
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

Citrine Canary-FlycatcherCulicicapa helianthea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Palawan TitPeriparus amabilisEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Oriental SkylarkAlauda gulgula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Rufous-tailed TailorbirdOrthotomus sericeus
Gray-backed TailorbirdOrthotomus derbianusEndemic (country/region)
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Oriental Reed WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Gray's Grasshopper WarblerHelopsaltes fasciolatus
Middendorff's Grasshopper WarblerHelopsaltes ochotensis
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata
Tawny GrassbirdCincloramphus timoriensis
Striated GrassbirdCincloramphus palustris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pacific SwallowHirundo tahitica
Striated SwallowCecropis striolata
Asian House-MartinDelichon dasypus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Black-headed BulbulBrachypodius melanocephalos
Yellow-vented BulbulPycnonotus goiavier
Ashy-fronted BulbulPycnonotus cinereifronsEndemic
Gray-throated BulbulAlophoixus fraterEndemic
Sulphur-bellied BulbulIole palawanensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Philippine Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus olivaceus
Japanese Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus xanthodryas
Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealis
Kamchatka Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus examinandus
Yellow-breasted WarblerPhylloscopus montis
Negros Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus nigrorum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Mountain TailorbirdPhyllergates cucullatus
Aberrant Bush WarblerHorornis flavolivaceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Palawan Striped-BabblerZosterornis hypogrammicusEndemic
Yellowish White-eyeZosterops nigrorumEndemic (country/region)
Warbling White-eyeZosterops japonicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Timaliidae

Pin-striped Tit-BabblerMixornis gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pellorneidae

Palawan BabblerMalacopteron palawanenseEndemic Near-threatened
Ashy-headed BabblerPellorneum cinereicepsEndemic
Falcated Wren-BabblerPtilocichla falcataEndemic Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Velvet-fronted NuthatchSitta frontalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Asian Glossy StarlingAplonis panayensis
ColetoSarcops calvusEndemic (country/region)
Common Hill MynaGracula religiosa
Chestnut-cheeked StarlingAgropsar philippensis
Red-billed StarlingSpodiopsar sericeusRare/Accidental
Crested MynaAcridotheres cristatellusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

White's ThrushZoothera aurea
Chinese BlackbirdTurdus mandarinusRare/Accidental
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Brown-headed ThrushTurdus chrysolaus
Pale ThrushTurdus pallidus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Gray-streaked FlycatcherMuscicapa griseisticta
Dark-sided FlycatcherMuscicapa sibirica
Ferruginous FlycatcherMuscicapa ferruginea
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
Philippine Magpie-RobinCopsychus mindanensis
White-browed ShamaCopsychus luzoniensis
White-vented ShamaCopsychus nigerEndemic
Palawan Blue FlycatcherCyornis lemprieriEndemic Near-threatened
Mangrove Blue FlycatcherCyornis rufigastra
Blue-and-white FlycatcherCyanoptila cyanomelana
Zappey's FlycatcherCyanoptila cumatilisNear-threatened
Philippine ShortwingBrachypteryx poliogyna
Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyane
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
Yellow-rumped FlycatcherFicedula zanthopygiaRare/Accidental
Narcissus FlycatcherFicedula narcissina
Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimaki
Little Pied FlycatcherFicedula westermanni
Palawan FlycatcherFicedula platenaeEndemic Vulnerable
Bundok FlycatcherFicedula luzoniensisEndemic (country/region)
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreusRare/Accidental
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitarius
Amur StonechatSaxicola stejnegeri

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Palawan FlowerpeckerPrionochilus plateniEndemic
Thick-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum agile
Orange-bellied FlowerpeckerDicaeum trigonostigma
Pygmy FlowerpeckerDicaeum pygmaeum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Brown-throated SunbirdAnthreptes malacensis
Purple-throated SunbirdLeptocoma sperataEndemic (country/region)
Copper-throated SunbirdLeptocoma calcostetha
Olive-backed SunbirdCinnyris jugularis
Lovely SunbirdAethopyga shelleyi
Handsome SunbirdAethopyga bellaEndemic (country/region)
Pale SpiderhunterArachnothera dilutiorEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Irenidae

Asian Fairy-bluebirdIrena puella

 
PASSERIFORMES: Chloropseidae

Yellow-throated LeafbirdChloropsis palawanensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulata
White-bellied MuniaLonchura leucogastra
Chestnut MuniaLonchura atricapilla
Pin-tailed ParrotfinchErythrura prasina

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicus
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensis
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Pechora PipitAnthus gustavi
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaRare/Accidental

 

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