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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 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: Seychelles [map]

Number of species: 276
Number of endemics: 16
Number of globally threatened species: 18
Number of extinct species: 3
Number of introduced species: 11
Date last reviewed: 2017-08-26
Last modified: 2018-01-27
See also: http://www.seychellesbirdrecordscommittee.com/the-seychelles-list.html
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

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

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Common QuailCoturnix coturnixRare/Accidental
Grey FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianusIntroduced species

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseusRare/Accidental

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

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

 
PHAETHONTIFORMES: Phaethontidae

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

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

European NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental
Madagascar NightjarCaprimulgus madagascariensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

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

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

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

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

White-throated RailDryolimnas cuvieri
CorncrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaRare/Accidental
Little CrakeZapornia parvaRare/Accidental
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Striped CrakeAmaurornis marginalisRare/Accidental
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrioExtirpated
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleniRare/Accidental
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Lesser MoorhenGallinula angulataRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicusRare/Accidental
White-faced Storm-petrelPelagodroma marinaRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta tropicaRare/Accidental

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

Matsudaira's Storm-petrelHydrobates matsudairaeRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Swinhoe's Storm-petrelHydrobates monorhisRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Southern Giant PetrelMacronectes giganteusRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capenseRare/Accidental
Kermadec PetrelPterodroma neglectaRare/Accidental
Herald PetrelPterodroma arminjonianaRare/Accidental
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipesRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Audubon's ShearwaterPuffinus lherminieri
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulweriiRare/Accidental
Jouanin's PetrelBulweria fallaxRare/Accidental Near-threatened

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

European White StorkCiconia ciconiaRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescensExtirpated

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

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

 
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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensisRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Dromadidae

Crab-ploverDromas ardeola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

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

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticusRare/Accidental
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormickiRare/Accidental
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

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

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetusRare/Accidental

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

European Honey BuzzardPernis apivorusRare/Accidental
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusRare/Accidental
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusRare/Accidental
Madagascar HarrierCircus macroscelesRare/Accidental Endangered
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black KiteMilvus migransRare/Accidental

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

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

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epopsRare/Accidental

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

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

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Madagascar Malachite KingfisherCorythornis vintsioidesRare/Accidental
Grey-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephalaRare/Accidental

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

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

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Lesser Vasa ParrotCoracopsis nigra
Seychelles Black ParrotCoracopsis barklyiEndemic Vulnerable
Seychelles ParakeetPsittacula wardiEndemic Extinct
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species
Grey-headed LovebirdAgapornis canusExtirpated

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vangidae

Rufous VangaSchetba rufaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Aldabra DrongoDicrurus aldabranusEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Pied CrowCorvus albus
House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Seychelles Paradise-flycatcherTerpsiphone corvinaEndemic Critically endangered

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Madagascar SunbirdCinnyris sovimanga
Seychelles SunbirdCinnyris dussumieriEndemic

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Madagascar FodyFoudia madagascariensisIntroduced species
Comoro FodyFoudia eminentissima
Seychelles FodyFoudia sechellarumEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common RosefinchErythrina erythrinaRare/Accidental
Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambicaIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Madagascar CisticolaCisticola cherina

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Aldabra Brush WarblerNesillas aldabranaEndemic Extinct
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaRare/Accidental
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare/Accidental
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisRare/Accidental
Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusRare/Accidental
Seychelles WarblerAcrocephalus sechellensisEndemic Near-threatened

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Northern House MartinDelichon urbicumRare/Accidental
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithiiRare/Accidental
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Mascarene MartinPhedina borbonicaRare/Accidental
Plain MartinRiparia paludicolaRare/Accidental
Sand MartinRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Thick-billed BulbulHypsipetes crassirostrisEndemic
Madagascar BulbulHypsipetes madagascariensis
Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapillaRare/Accidental
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
Common WhitethroatCurruca communisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Seychelles White-eyeZosterops modestusEndemic Vulnerable
Madagascar White-eyeZosterops maderaspatanus
Marianne Island White-eyeZosterops semiflavusEndemic Extinct

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Seychelles Magpie RobinCopsychus sechellarumEndemic Endangered
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataRare/Accidental
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurusRare/Accidental
Common Rock ThrushMonticola saxatilisRare/Accidental
WhinchatSaxicola rubetraRare/Accidental
Eastern StonechatSaxicola maurusRare/Accidental
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare/Accidental
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellinaRare/Accidental
Desert WheatearOenanthe desertiRare/Accidental
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschankaRare/Accidental

 

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