Bird List for the Comores


The following list is based on Les Oiseaux des Comores (Louette, 1988), with a few
updates. The leftmost column indicates whether the bird is an endemic species or
sub-species
to the Comores,and the codes below each island in the right-hand columns
are crude subjective measures of abundance.
'1' refers to common species likely to be seen on a short 2-3 day visit to the island;
'2' refers to less common species or those more restricted in habitat (e.g. high-altitude forest) and
'3' refers to very rare species, often vagrants.
'E' refers to locally extinct species.

 
   
Comores Fody
Foudia eminentissima

Photographs are available for those species in green: please click on their names to view.

GC = Grande Comore (Ngazidja)
MO = Mohéli (Mwali)
AN = Anjouan (Ndzuani)
MA = Mayotte (Maore)

ENDEMIC?
GC
MO
AN
MA
Little Grebe | Tachybaptus ruficollis
3
2
2
2
Wedge-tailed Shearwater | Puffinus pacificus
3
Audubon's Shearwater | Puffinus lherminieri
2
3
Wilson's Storm Petrel | Oceanites oceanicus
3
Matsudaira's Storm Petrel | Oceanodroma matsudairae
3
3
White-tailed Tropicbird | Phaethon lepturus
2
2
2
1
Masked Booby | Sula dacylatra
3
2
Red-footed Booby | Sula sula
3
Brown Booby | Sula leucogaster
3
Greater Frigatebird | Fregata minor
2
2
Lesser Frigatebird | Fregata ariel
2
2
Squacco Heron | Ardeola ralloides
3
3
3
Madagascar Squacco Heron | Ardeola idae
3
3
3
2
SUB-SP.
Green-backed Heron | Butorides striatus
1
1
1
1
Cattle Egret | Bubulcus ibis
2
1
1
1
Great White Egret | Egretta alba
1
2
2
2
Grey Heron | Ardea cinerea
2
2
3
1
Humblot's Heron | Ardea humbloti
3
3
3
Greater Flamingo | Phoenicopterus ruber
3
3
3
Lesser Flamingo | Phoeniconaias minor
3
White-faced Whistling Duck | Dendrocygna viduata
3
3
Black Kite | Milvus migrans
E
1
3
3
Common Buzzard | Buteo buteo
3
Malagasy (Réunion) Harrier | Circus maillardi
1
1
1
3
SUB-SP.
Frances' s Sparrowhawk | Accipiter francesiae
2
3
1
Madagascar Kestrel | Falco newtoni
3
Peregrine | Falco peregrinus
2
1
2
2
Common Quail | Coturnix coturnix
1
3
2
3
Helmeted Guinea-fowl | Numida meleagris
3
2
2
Moorhen | Gallinula chloropus
2
3
2
Allen's Gallinule | Porphyrio alleni
3
3
Crab Plover | Dromas ardeola
2
2
3
1
Madagascar Pratincole | Glareola ocularis
3
3
Asiatic Golden Plover | Pluvialis fulvus
3
Grey Plover | Pluvialis squatarola
2
1
2
1
Ringed Plover | Charadrius hiaticula
2
2
2
2
White-fronted Sandplover | Charadrius marginatus
3
Mongolian Sandplover | Charadrius mongolus
3
3
Greater Sandplover | Charadrius leschenaultii
2
2
2
2
Black-tailed Godwit | Limosa limosa
3
Bar-tailed Godwit | Limosa lapponica
3
3
3
Whimbrel | Numenius phaeopus
1
1
1
1
Eurasian Curlew | Numenius arquata
2
2
2
Marsh Sandpiper | Tringa stagnatilis
3
Common Greenshank | Tringa nebularia
1
1
1
1
Terek Sandpiper | Xenus cinereus
2
2
2
2
Common Sandpiper | Actitis hypoleucos
1
1
1
1
Ruddy Turnstone | Arenaria interpres
1
1
1
1
Sanderling | Calidris alba
2
2
Little Stint | Calidris minuta
3
Curlew Sandpiper | Calidris ferruginea
1
1
1
1
Ruff | Philomachus pugnax
3
Grey-headed Gull | Larus cirrocephalus
3
Caspian Tern | Sterna caspia
3
Bridled Tern | Sterna anaethetus
3
3
Sooty Tern | Sterna fuscata
3
3
Greater Crested Tern | Sterna bergii
1
1
1
1
Lesser Crested Tern | Sterna bengalensis
2
2
2
2
Domestic Pigeon | Columba livia
1
2
2
SPECIES
Comoro Olive Pigeon | Columba polleni
2
2
2
2
Cape Turtle Dove | Streptopelia capicola
1
1
1
1
SUB-SP.
Malagasy Turtle Dove | Streptopelia picturata
1
1
2
1

Tambourine Dove | Turtur tympanistria

1
1
3
1
SUB-SP.
(Mohéli) Green Pigeon | Treron (australis) griveaudi
2
SUB-SP.
Comoro Blue Pigeon | Alectroenas sganzini
1
1
1
1
SUB-SP.
Greater Vasa Parrot | Coracopsis vasa
1
1
1
SUB-SP.
Lesser Vasa Parrot | Coracopsis nigra
1
2
Grey-headed Lovebird | Agapornis cana
2
3
3
2
Barn Owl | Tyto alba
1
1
1
1
SPECIES
Karthala Scops Owl | Otus pauliani
2
SPECIES
Mohéli Scops Owl | Otus moheliensis
2
SPECIES
Anjouan Scops Owl | Otus capnodes
2
SUB-SP.
Madagscar Scops Owl | Otus rutilus
2
SUB-SP.
Malagasy Spine-tailed Swift | Zoonavena grandidieri
2
SUB-SP.
African Palm Swift | Cypsiurus parvus
1
1
1
1
SUB-SP.
Madagascar Black Swift | Apus (balstoni) mayottensis
1
1
2
1
SUB-SP.
Malagasy Kingfisher | Corythornis vintsioides
2
2
2
2
Madagascar Bee-eater | Merops superciliosus
1
1
2
1
Broad-billed Roller | Eurystomus glaucurus
3
3
3
3
SPECIES
Cuckoo-roller | Leptosomus discolor
2
1
2
1
Sand Martin | Riparia riparia
3
Barn Swallow | Hirundo rustica
3
SUB-SP.
Ashy Cuckoo-shrike | Coracina cinerea
2
2
Madagascar Bulbul | Hypsipetes madagascariensis
1
1
1
1
SPECIES
Comores Bulbul | Hypsipetes parvirostris
1
1
SUB-SP.
Blue Vanga | Cyanolanius madagascarinus
3
2
SUB-SP.

Stonechat | Saxicola torquata

1
SPECIES
Comores Thrush | Turdus bewsheri
2
1
2
SUB-SP.
Madagascar Brush-Warbler | Nesillas typica
2
1
SPECIES
Grande Comore Brush-Warbler | Nesillas brevicaudata
2
SPECIES
Mohéli Brush-Warbler | Nesillas mariae
2
SPECIES
Humblot's Flycatcher | Humblotia flavirostris
2
SUB-SP.
Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher | Terpsiphone mutata
2
1
2
1
Anjouan Sunbird | Nectarinia comorensis
1
SPECIES
Mayotte Sunbird | Nectarinia coquereli
1
SPECIES
Humblot's Sunbird | Nectarinia humbloti
1
1
SUB-SP.
Green Sunbird | Nectarinia notata
1
1
SPECIES
Kirk's White-eye | Zosterops (maderaspatana) kirki
1
1
1
1
SPECIES
Karthala White-eye | Zosterops mouroniensis
2
Common Waxbill | Estrilda astrild
E
Red Avadavat | Amandava amandava
E
E
Bronze Mannikin | Lonchura cucullata
1
1
1
2
Java Sparrow | Padda oryzivora
E
House Sparrow | Passer domesticus
1
1
3
1
Madagascar Fody | Foudia madagascariensis
1
1
1
1
SPECIES
Comores Fody | Foudia eminentissima
1
1
1
1
Pin-tailed Whydah | Vidua macroura
E
E
Common Mynah | Acridotheres tristis
1
1
1
1
SPECIES
Grande Comore Drongo | Dicrurus fuscipennis
2
SUB-SP.
Crested Drongo | Dicrurus forficatus
2
SPECIES
Mayotte Drongo | Dicrurus waldenii
1
Pied Crow | Corvus albus
1
1
1
1

 
Royal Museum for Central Africa, 2001
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