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French Polynesia

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Austral Islands.   Clipperton Atoll.    Gambier Islands.   Marquesas.   Society Islands.   Tuomotu Island. (Tuamotu and Gambier Islands)
Bird checklist, Bird lists, Photos, video, sound recordings & data
Number of species: 121
Number of endemics: 26
Number of breeding endemics: 1
Number of globally threatened species: 27
Number of introduced species: 14
See also:
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans Albatros hurleur
Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora Albatros royal
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris Albatros ?sourcils noirs Rare/Accidental
Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora P?rel g?nt Rare/Accidental Vulnerable
Cape Petrel Daption capense Damier du Cap Rare/Accidental
Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera P?rel noir
Tahiti Petrel Pterodroma rostrata P?rel de Tahiti Breeding endemic
White-headed Petrel Pterodroma lessonii P?rel de Lesson
Phoenix Petrel Pterodroma alba P?rel ?poitrine blanche Endangered
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata P?rel macul?/strong> Near-threatened
Murphy's Petrel Pterodroma ultima P?rel de Murphy Near-threatened
Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta P?rel des Kermadec
Herald Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana P?rel h?ault
Henderson Petrel Pterodroma atrata P?rel de Henderson Endangered
Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa P?rel de Juan Fernandez Vulnerable
Cook's Petrel Pterodroma cookii P?rel de Cook Rare/Accidental Endangered
Black-winged Petrel Pterodroma nigripennis P?rel ?ailes noires
Blue Petrel Halobaena caerulea Prion bleu
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii P?rel de Bulwer
Grey Petrel Procellaria cinerea Puffin gris Near-threatened
Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus Puffin ?pieds roses Vulnerable
Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus pacificus Puffin fouquet
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus Puffin fuligineux Near-threatened
Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris Puffin ?bec gr?e
Christmas Shearwater Puffinus nativitatis Puffin de la Nativit?/strong>
Tropical Shearwater Puffinus bailloni Puffin de Baillon
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis Petit Puffin
Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri Puffin d'Audubon
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina Oc?nite fr?ate
White-bellied Storm-Petrel Fregetta grallaria Oc?nite ?ventre blanc
Polynesian Storm-Petrel Nesofregetta fuliginosa Oc?nite ?gorge blanche Vulnerable
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro Oc?nite de Castro Rare/Accidental
Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa Oc?nite cul-blanc
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus Pha?on ?bec rouge Rare/Accidental
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Pha?on ?brins rouges
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus Pha?on ?bec jaune
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra Fou masqu?/strong>
Red-footed Booby Sula sula Fou ?pieds rouges
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster Fou brun
Great Frigatebird Fregata minor Fr?ate du Pacifique
Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel Fr?ate ariel
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Grand H?on
Great Egret Ardea alba Grande Aigrette
Pacific Reef-Egret Egretta sacra Aigrette sacr?
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis H?on garde-boeufs
Striated Heron Butorides striata H?on stri?/strong>
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Canard ?sourcils
Northern Pintail Anas acuta Canard pilet Rare/Accidental
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Canard souchet
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans Busard de Gould Introduced species
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus Coq bankiva Introduced species
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Faisan de Colchide Introduced species
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Marouette fuligineuse
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Tal?e sultane
Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva Pluvier fauve
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola Pluvier argent?/strong> Rare/Accidental
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Pluvier semipalm?/strong> Rare/Accidental
Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis Courlis d'Alaska Vulnerable
Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes Chevalier de Sib?ie
Wandering Tattler Tringa incana Chevalier errant
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Petit Chevalier Rare/Accidental
Tuamotu Sandpiper Prosobonia cancellata Chevalier des Touamotou Endemic Endangered
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Tournepierre ?collier
Sanderling Calidris alba B?asseau sanderling
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos B?asseau ?poitrine cendr?
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis B?asseau rouss?re Rare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ruff Philomachus pugnax Combattant vari?/strong> Rare/Accidental
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis Go?and ?bec cercl?/strong> Rare/Accidental
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla Mouette atricille Rare/Accidental
Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan Mouette de Franklin Rare/Accidental
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus Noddi brun
Black Noddy Anous minutus Noddi noir
Blue Noddy Procelsterna cerulea Noddi bleu
White-Tern Gygis alba Gygis blanche
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus Sterne fuligineuse
Grey-backed Tern Onychoprion lunatus Sterne ?dos gris
Great Crested-Tern Thalasseus bergii Sterne hupp?
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus Labbe pomarin
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus Labbe parasite Rare/Accidental
Rock Pigeon Columba livia Pigeon biset Introduced species
Zebra Dove Geopelia striata G?p?ie z?r? Introduced species
Polynesian Ground-Dove Gallicolumba erythroptera Gallicolombe ?ythropt?e Endemic Critically endangered
Marquesas Ground-Dove Gallicolumba rubescens Gallicolombe des Marquises Endemic Endangered
Grey-green Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus purpuratus Ptilope de la Soci??/strong> Endemic
Makatea Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus chalcurus Ptilope de Makat? Endemic Vulnerable
Atoll Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus coralensis Ptilope des Touamotou Endemic Near-threatened
Rapa Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus huttoni Ptilope de Hutton Endemic Vulnerable
White-capped Fruit Dove Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii Ptilope de Dupetit-Thouars Endemic
Pacific Imperial-Pigeon Ducula pacifica Carpophage pacifique Introduced species
Polynesian Imperial-Pigeon Ducula aurorae Carpophage de la Soci??/strong> Endemic Endangered
Marquesan Imperial-Pigeon Ducula galeata Carpophage des Marquises Endemic Critically endangered
Kuhl's Lorikeet Vini kuhlii Lori de Kuhl Endemic Endangered
Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana Lori nonnette Endemic Vulnerable
Ultramarine Lorikeet Vini ultramarina Lori ultramarin Endemic Endangered
Long-tailed Koel Eudynamys taitensis Coucou de Nouvelle-Z?ande
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Grand-duc d'Am?ique Introduced species
Tahiti Swiftlet Aerodramus leucophaeus Salangane de la Soci??/strong> Endemic Vulnerable
Marquesan Swiftlet Aerodramus ocistus Salangane des Marquises Endemic
Tahiti Kingfisher Todiramphus veneratus Martin-chasseur v???/strong> Endemic
Chattering Kingfisher Todiramphus tutus Martin-chasseur respect?/strong>
Marquesan Kingfisher Todiramphus godeffroyi Martin-chasseur des Marquises Endemic Endangered
Tuamotu Kingfisher Todiramphus gambieri Martin-chasseur des Gambier Endemic Critically endangered
Passeriformes.: Hirundinidae
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Hirondelle de rivage
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Hirondelle rustique
Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica Hirondelle de Tahiti
Passeriformes.: Motacillidae
White Wagtail Motacilla alba Bergeronnette grise
Passeriformes.: Pycnonotidae
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer Bulbul ?ventre rouge Introduced species
Passeriformes.: Sylviidae
Tahiti Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus caffer Rousserolle ?long bec Endemic Vulnerable
Tuamotu Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus atyphus Rousserolle des Touamotou Endemic
Rimatara Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus rimatarae Rousserolle de Rimatara Endemic Vulnerable
Marquesan Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus mendanae Rousserolle des Marquises Endemic
Passeriformes.: Muscicapidae
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Traquet motteux
Passeriformes.: Monarchidae
Tahiti Monarch Pomarea nigra Monarque de Tahiti Endemic
Iphis Monarch Pomarea iphis Monarque iphis Endemic
Marquesas Monarch Pomarea mendozae Monarque des Marquises Endemic
Fatuhiva Monarch Pomarea whitneyi Monarque de Fatuhiva Endemic Critically endangered
Passeriformes.: Zosteropidae
Silver-eye Zosterops lateralis Zost?ops ?dos gris Introduced species
Passeriformes.: Sturnidae
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis Martin triste Introduced species
Passeriformes.: Estrildidae
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Astrild ondul?/strong> Introduced species
Red-browed Firetail Neochmia temporalis Diamant ?cinq couleurs Introduced species
Chestnut-breasted Munia Lonchura castaneothorax Capucin donacole Introduced species
Passeriformes.: Thraupidae
Crimson-backed Tanager Ramphocelus dimidiatus Tangara ?dos rouge Introduced species

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