List of the birds of Madagascar

The species names and taxonomy used in this list follows the IOC World Bird Names.
ENGLISH COMMON NAMESSCIENTIFIC NAMES
Mesitornithidae (Mesites)
White-breasted MesiteMesitornis variegatus
Brown MesiteMesitornis unicolor
Subdesert MesiteMonias benschi
Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Blue CouaCoua caerulea
Coquerel’s CouaCoua coquereli
Crested CouaCoua cristata
Running CouaCoua cursor
Giant CouaCoua gigas
Red-fronted CouaCoua reynaudii
Red-capped CouaCoua r. ruficeps
Red-breasted CouaCoua serriana
Verreaux’s CouaCoua verreauxi
Madagascan CuckooCuculus rochii
Green-capped CouaCoua ruficeps olivaceiceps
Madagascan CoucalCentropus t. toulou
Thick-billed CuckooPachycoccyx audeberti
Brachypteraciidae (Ground-Rollers)
Rufous-headed Ground RollerAtelornis crossleyi
Pitta-like Ground RollerAtelornis pittoides
Short-legged Ground RollerBrachypteracias leptosomus
Scaly Ground RollerGeobiastes squamiger
Long-tailed Ground RollerUratelornis chimaera
Leptosomidae (Cuckoo-Roller)
Cuckoo-RollerLeptosomus discolor
Eurylaimidae (Broadbills)
Common Sunbird-AsityNeodrepanis coruscans
Yellow-bellied Sunbird-AsityNeodrepanis hypoxantha
Velvet AsityPhilepitta castanea
Schlegel’s AsityPhilepitta schlegeli
Bernieridae (Malagasy Warblers)
Long-billed Bernieria (Greenbul)Bernieria madagascariensis/inceleber
Madagascan YellowbrowCrossleyia xanthophrys
Cryptic WarblerCryptosylvicola randrianasoloi
Wedge-tailed JeryHartertula flavoviridis
White-throated OxylabesOxylabes madagascariensis
Rand’s WarblerRandia pseudozosterops
Thamnornis (Kiritika)Thamnornis chloropetoides
Appert’s TetrakaXanthomixis apperti
Grey-crowned TetrakaXanthomixis cinereiceps
Dusky TetrakaXanthomixis tenebrosa
Spectacled TetrakaXanthomixis zosterops
Vangidae (Vangas & Helmetshrikes)
White-headed VangaArtamella (Leptopterus) viridis
Red-tailed VangaCalicalicus madagascariensis
Red-shouldered VangaCalicalicus rufocarpalis
Blue VangaCyanolanius m. madagascaninus
Helmet VangaEuryceros prevostii
Sickle-billed VangaFalculea palliata
Nuthatch VangaHypositta corallirostris
Chabert VangaLeptopterus chabert
Crossley’s VangaMystacornis crossleyi
Dark NewtoniaNewtonia amphichroa
Archbold’s NewtoniaNewtonia archboldi
Common NewtoniaNewtonia brunneicauda
Red-tailed NewtoniaNewtonia fanovanae
Bernier’s VangaOriola bernieri
Ward’s FlycatcherPseudobias wardi
Rufous VangaSchetba rufa
Tylas VangaTylas eduardi
Hook-billed VangaVanga curvirostris
Van Dam’s VangaXenopirostris damii
Pollen’s VangaXenopirostris polleni
Lafresnaye’s VangaXenopirostris xenopirostris
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese,Swans and Waterfowl)
White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
African Pygmy-gooseNettapus auritus
Meller’s DuckAnas melleri
Red-billed TealAnas erythrorhyncha
Hottentot TealAnas hottentota
Bernier’s TealAnas bernieri
Madagascan PochardAythya innotata
Knob-billed DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus insularis
Fulvous Whistling DuckDendrocygna bicolor
Comb DuckSarkidiornis sylvicola
Numididae (Guineafowl)
Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Madagascan PartridgeMargaroperdix Madagascarensis
Harlequin QuailCoturnix delegorguei
Common Quailcoturnix coturnix africana
Ciconiidae (Storks)
Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis
African OpenbillAnastomus lamelligerus madagascariensis
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis capensis
Madagascan GrebeTachybaptus pelzelnii
Phoenicopteridae (Flamingos)
Lesser FlamingoPhoeniconaias minor
Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
Phaethontidae (Tropicbirds)
Red-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon rubricauda
Red-billed TropicbirdPhaethon aethereus
White-tailed TropicbirdPhaethon lepturus
Fregatidae (Frigatebirds)
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel iredalei
Great FrigatebirdFregata minor aldabrensis
Sulidae (Gannets, Boobies)
Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Brown BoobySula dactylatra
Red-footed BoobySula sula
Australasian GannetMorus serrator
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Reed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus pictilis
Pandionidae (Ospreys)
Western OspreyPandion h. haliaetus
Anhingidae (Anhingas)
African DarterAnhinga rufa vulsini
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Pink-backed pelicanPelecanus rufescens
Scopidae (Hamerkop)
HamerkopScopus umbretta
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Grey HeronArdea cinerea firasa
Humblot’s HeronArdea humbloti
Purple HeronArdea purpurea madagascariensis
Great White EgretArdea alba
Dimorphic EgretEgretta dimorpha
Black HeronEgretta ardesiaca
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Malagasy Pond HeronArdeola idae
Striated (Green-backed) HeronButorides striata rutenbergi
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Little bitternIxobrychus minutus
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
Madagascan  IbisLophotibis c. cristata/urschi
Malagasy Sacred IbisThreskiornis bernieri
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
African spoonbillPlatalea alba
Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks and Eagles)
Madagascan Harrier-HawkPolyboroides radiatus
Madagascan Cuckoo-HawkAviceda madagascariensis
Malagasy HarrierCircus macrosceles
Frances’s SparrowhawkAccipiter f. francesii
Madagascan SparrowhawkAccipiter Madagascariensis
Henst’s GoshawkAccipiter henstii
Yellow-billed KiteMilvus aegyptius parasitus
Madagascan Fish EagleHaliaeetus vociferoides
Madagascan BuzzardButeo brachypterus
Madagascan Serpent EagleEutriorchis astur
Bat hawkMacheiramphus alcinus
Black-winged KiteElanus c. caeruleus
Long-crested EagleLophaetus occipitalis
Rallidae (Rails, Crakes, Coots and Gallinules)
Madagascan RailRallus madagascariensis
White-throated RailDryolimnas c. cuvieri
Baillon’s CrakePorzana pusilla
Allen’s GallinulePorphyrio alleni
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus pyrrhorrhoa
Sakalava RailAmaurornis olivieri
Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio p. Porphyrio
African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis
Sarothruridae (Flufftails)
Madagascan Wood RailCanirallus kioloides
Tsingy Wood RailCanirallus beankaensis
Madagascan FlufftailSarothrura insularis
Slender-billed FlufftailSarothrura watersi
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied avocetRecurvirostra avosetta
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Black-bellied (Grey) PloverPluvialis squatarola
Lesser SandploverCharadrius mongolus
Greater SandploverCharadrius leschenaultii
Kittlitz’s PloverCharadrius pecuarius
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Madagascan PloverCharadrius thoracicus
Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris bifrontatus
White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatus tenellus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Pacific golden ploverPluvialis fulva
Rostratulidae (Painted-Snipes)
Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensis
Jacanidae (Jacanas)
Madagascan JacanaActophilornis albinucha
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes and Allies)
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed godwitLimosa limosa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
SanderlingCalidris alba
Little StintCalidris minuta
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Madagascan SnipeGallinago macrodactyla
Green sandpiperTringa ochropus
Marsh sandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood sandpiperTringa glareola
Eurasian curlewNumenius arquata
RuffPhilomachus pugnax
Turnicidae (Buttonquail)
Madagascan ButtonquailTurnix nigricollis
Dromadidae (Crab Plover)
Crab-PloverDromas ardeola
Glareolidae (Pratincoles and Coursers)
Madagascan PratincoleGlareola ocularis
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Saunders’s TernSternula saundersi
Roseate TernSterna dougallii arideensis
Common TernSterna hirundo
Black-naped TernSterna s. sumatrana/mathewsi
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus b. bengalensis
Great Crested (Swift) TernThalasseus bergii
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Gull-billed TernGelochelidonv nilotica affinis
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias h. hybrida/delalandii
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Black TernChlidonias n. niger
White TernGygis a. alba/ candida
Kelp GullLarus dominicanus melisandae
Sooty GullIchthyaetus hemprichii
Grey-headed GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus poiocephalus
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus pileatus
Lesser NoddyAnous t. tenuirostris
Stercorariidae (Skuas)
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Parasitic JaegerStercorarius parasiticus
Pteroclidae (Sandgrouse)
Madagascan SandgrousePterocles personatus
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Madagascan Blue PigeonAlectroenas madagascariensis
Rock Pigeon (Dove)Columba livia
Malagasy Turtle DoveNesoenas p. picturatus
Namaqua DoveOena capensis aliena
Madagascan Green PigeonTreron australis xenius/australis
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Western Barn OwlTyto alba hypermetra
Red OwlTyto soumagnei
Strigidae (Owls)
Rainforest Scops OwlOtus rutilus
Torotoroka Scops OwlOtus madagascariensis
Madagascan OwlAsio madagascariensis
Marsh OwlAsio capensis hova
White-browed Hawk-OwlNinox superciliaris
Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and allies)
Collared NightjarGactornis enarratus
Madagascan NightjarCaprimulgus m. madagascariensis
Apodidae (Swifts)
Madagascan SpinetailZoonavena g. grandidieri
Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melba willsi
Malagasy Black SwiftApus b. balstoni
African (Black) SwiftApus barbatus
Little SwiftApus affinis
African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvus gracilis
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Malagasy KingfisherCorythornis v. vintsioides
Madagascan Pygmy KingfisherCorythornis madagascariensis
Meropidae (Bee-eaters)
Olive Bee-eaterMerops superciliosus
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster
Coraciidae (Rollers)
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus g. glaucurus
Upupidae (Hoopoes)
Madagascan HoopoeUpupa marginata
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Malagasy KestrelFalco newtoni
Banded KestrelFalco zoniventris
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus radama
Sooty FalconFalco concolor
Eleonora’s FalconFalco eleonorae
Psittacidae (Parrots)
Grey-headed LovebirdAgapornis c. canus/ablectaneus
Greater Vasa ParrotCoracopsis vasa v./drouhardi
Lesser Vasa ParrotCoracopsis nigra n./libs
Campephagidae (Cuckoo-shrikes)
Madagascan CuckooshrikeCoracina c. cinerea
Dicruridae (Drongos)
Crested DrongoDicrurus f. forficatus
Monarchidae (Monarch Flycatchers)
Malagasy Paradise FlycatcherTerpsiphone m. mutata
Corvidae (Crows, Jays)
Pied CrowCorvus albus
Alaudidae (Larks)
Madagascan LarkEremopterix hova
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Brown-throated – Plain MartinRiparia paludicola cowani
Mascarene MartinPhedina borbonica
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pycnonotidae (Bulbuls)
Madagascan BulbulHypsipetes madagascariensis
Acrocephalidae (Reed-Warblers and Allies)
Malagasy Brush WarblerNesillas t. typica/obscura
Subdesert Brush WarblerNesillas lantziI
Madagascan Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus newtoni
Locustellidae (Grassbirds and Allies)
Brown EmutailBradypterus brunneus
Grey EmutailAmphilais seebohmi
Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and Allies)
Common JeryNeomixis tenella
Green JeryNeomixis viridis
Stripe-throated JeryNeomixis striatigula
Madagascan CisticolaCisticola cherina
Zosteropidae (White-eyes)
Malagasy White-eyeZosterops maderaspatanus
Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers)
Madagascan Magpie-RobinCopsychus albospecularis pica/albospecularis
Forest Rock-ThrushMonticola s. sharpei/bensoni/salomonseni
Littoral Rock ThrushMonticola imerina
Madagascan StonechatSaxicola s. sibilla/tsaratananae/ankaratrae
Oriolidae (Figbirds, Orioles)
Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Madagascan StarlingHartlaubius auratus
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
Nectariniidae (Sunbirds and Spiderhunters)
Souimanga SunbirdCinnyris s. sovimanga/apolis
Malagasy Green SunbirdCinnyris n. notatus
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Madagascan WagtailMotacilla flaviventris
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
House SparrowPasser domesticus
Ploceidae (Weavers and Allies)
Nelicourvi WeaverPloceus nelicourvi
Sakalava WeaverPloceus s. sakalava/minor
Red FodyFoudia madagascariensis
Forest FodyFoudia omissa
Estrildidae (Waxbills and Allies)
Madagascan MannikinLepidopygia nana
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Diomedeidae (Albatrosses)
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
Shy AlbatrossThalassarche cauta
Indian Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche carteri
Hydrobatidae (Northern Storm Petrels)
Wilson’s Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus
White-faced Storm-petrelPelagodroma marina
Black-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta tropica
Procellariidae (Petrels, Shearwaters)
Southern Giant PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Northern Giant PetrelMacronectes halli
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata
Slender-billed PrionPachyptila belcheri
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollis
Barau’s PetrelPterodroma baraui
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Streaked ShearwaterCalonectris leucomelas
Cory’s ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificus
Flesh-footed ShearwaterPuffinus carneipes
Short-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus tenuirostris
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Jouanin’s PetrelBulweria fallax

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