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Seychelles

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This checklist includes all bird species found in Seychelles , 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 2019. 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: Seychelles [map]

Number of species: 279
Number of endemics: 18
Number of globally threatened species: 20
Number of extinct species: 3
Number of introduced species: 12
Date last reviewed: 2017-08-26
Last modified: 2021-03-13
See also: http://www.seychellesbirdrecordscommittee.com/the-seychelles-list.html
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Knob-billed DuckSarkidiornis melanotosRare/Accidental
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaRare/Accidental
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataRare/Accidental
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelopeRare/Accidental
MallardAnas platyrhynchosRare/Accidental
Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhynchaRare/Accidental
Northern PintailAnas acutaRare/Accidental
Green-winged TealAnas creccaRare/Accidental
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaRare/Accidental
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnixRare/Accidental
Gray FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianusIntroduced species

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollisRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
European Turtle-DoveStreptopelia turturRare/Accidental
Madagascar Turtle-DoveStreptopelia picturata
Namaqua DoveOena capensisRare/Accidental
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataIntroduced species
Comoro Blue-PigeonAlectroenas sganziniEndemic (country/region)
Seychelles Blue-PigeonAlectroenas pulcherrimusEndemic

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Madagascar CoucalCentropus toulou
Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandariusRare/Accidental
Pied CuckooClamator jacobinusRare/Accidental
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental
Madagascar NightjarCaprimulgus madagascariensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

White-throated NeedletailHirundapus caudacutusRare/Accidental
Seychelles SwiftletAerodramus elaphrusEndemic
Alpine SwiftApus melbaRare/Accidental
Common SwiftApus apusRare/Accidental
Pacific SwiftApus pacificusRare/Accidental
Little SwiftApus affinisRare/Accidental
African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

White-throated RailDryolimnas cuvieri
Corn CrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Lesser MoorhenParagallinula angulataRare/Accidental
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensisExtirpated
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Striped CrakeAmaurornis marginalisRare/Accidental
Little CrakeZapornia parvaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopusRare/Accidental
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosusRare/Accidental
Senegal LapwingVanellus lugubrisRare/Accidental
Sociable LapwingVanellus gregariusRare/Accidental
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Caspian PloverCharadrius asiaticusRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusRare/Accidental
Oriental PloverCharadrius veredusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutusRare/Accidental
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnaxRare/Accidental
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataRare/Accidental
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiRare/Accidental
Long-toed StintCalidris subminutaRare/Accidental
SanderlingCalidris alba
Little StintCalidris minuta
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusRare/Accidental
Great SnipeGallinago mediaRare/Accidental
Common SnipeGallinago gallinagoRare/Accidental
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenuraRare/Accidental
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusRare/Accidental
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusRare/Accidental
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipesRare/Accidental
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropusRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Dromadidae

Crab-PloverDromas ardeola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincolaRare/Accidental
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarumRare/Accidental
Black-winged PratincoleGlareola nordmanniRare/Accidental
Madagascar PratincoleGlareola ocularisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusRare/Accidental
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Sooty GullIchthyaetus hemprichiiRare/Accidental
Herring GullLarus argentatusRare/Accidental
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusRare/Accidental
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Lesser NoddyAnous tenuirostris
White TernGygis alba
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Saunders's TernSternula saundersi
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridaRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatrana
Common TernSterna hirundo
White-cheeked TernSterna repressaRare/Accidental
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensisRare/Accidental
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

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

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Swinhoe's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma monorhisRare/Accidental
Matsudaira's Storm-PetrelOceanodroma matsudairaeRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Trindade PetrelPterodroma arminjoniana
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldicaRare/Accidental
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental
Jouanin's PetrelBulweria fallaxRare/Accidental
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesRare/Accidental
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

White StorkCiconia ciconiaRare/Accidental

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

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

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanusRare/Accidental
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescensExtirpated

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellarisRare/Accidental
Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeusRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpureaRare/Accidental
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretArdea intermediaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloidesRare/Accidental
Indian Pond-HeronArdeola grayiiRare/Accidental
Madagascar Pond-HeronArdeola idae
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicusRare/Accidental
Madagascar Sacred IbisThreskiornis bernieri
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaRare/Accidental
African SpoonbillPlatalea albaRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusRare/Accidental
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusRare/Accidental
Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosusRare/Accidental
Madagascar HarrierCircus macroscelesRare/Accidental
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusRare/Accidental
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto albaIntroduced species

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Eurasian Scops-OwlOtus scopsRare/Accidental
Seychelles Scops-OwlOtus insularisEndemic
Brown Fish-OwlKetupa zeylonensisRare/Accidental

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Malagasy KingfisherCorythornis vintsioidesRare/Accidental
Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephalaRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusRare/Accidental
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurusRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanniRare/Accidental
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculusRare/Accidental
Madagascar KestrelFalco newtoni
Seychelles KestrelFalco araeusEndemic
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusRare/Accidental
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
Eleonora's FalconFalco eleonoraeRare/Accidental
Sooty FalconFalco concolorRare/Accidental
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteoRare/Accidental
Saker FalconFalco cherrugRare/Accidental
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Lesser Vasa ParrotCoracopsis nigra
Seychelles ParrotCoracopsis barklyiEndemic
Seychelles ParakeetPsittacula wardiEndemic
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species
Gray-headed LovebirdAgapornis canusExtirpated

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vangidae

Rufous VangaSchetba rufaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Aldabra DrongoDicrurus aldabranusEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Seychelles Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone corvinaEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minorRare/Accidental
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species
Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaRare/Accidental
Bimaculated LarkMelanocorypha bimaculataRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Madagascar CisticolaCisticola cherina

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Aldabra Brush-WarblerNesillas aldabranaEndemic
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaRare/Accidental
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisRare/Accidental
Eurasian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusRare/Accidental
Seychelles WarblerAcrocephalus sechellensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Plain MartinRiparia paludicolaRare/Accidental
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Mascarene MartinPhedina borbonicaRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithiiRare/Accidental
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosusIntroduced species
Madagascar BulbulHypsipetes madagascariensis
Seychelles BulbulHypsipetes crassirostrisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrixRare/Accidental
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusRare/Accidental
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapillaRare/Accidental
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
Greater WhitethroatSylvia communisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Marianne White-eyeZosterops semiflavusEndemic
Seychelles White-eyeZosterops modestusEndemic
Madagascar White-eyeZosterops maderaspatanus
Aldabra White-eyeZosterops aldabrensisEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinereaRare/Accidental
Rosy StarlingPastor roseusRare/Accidental
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
Rufous-tailed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas galactotesRare/Accidental
Seychelles Magpie-RobinCopsychus sechellarumEndemic
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Rufous-tailed Rock-ThrushMonticola saxatilisRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurusRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellinaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschankaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Souimanga SunbirdCinnyris sovimanga
Seychelles SunbirdCinnyris dussumieriEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Red FodyFoudia madagascariensisIntroduced species
Aldabra FodyFoudia aldabranaEndemic
Seychelles FodyFoudia sechellarumEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaRare/Accidental
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaRare/Accidental
White WagtailMotacilla albaRare/Accidental
Richard's PipitAnthus richardiRare/Accidental
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusRare/Accidental
Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambicaIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephalaRare/Accidental
Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaRare/Accidental

 

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