Hawaiʻi Bird Species

Hawai‘i’s birds represent one of the greatest examples of variety and adaptation anywhere in the world. In addition to the unique native species, many introduced birds also call Hawai‘i home. In only a few hours, an intrepid birder could spot endangered native species, African game birds, European song birds, and North American waterbirds.

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Branta hutchinsii
cackling goose
Branta canadensis
Canada goose
Branta sandvicensis
Hawaiian goose
nēnē
Cairina moschata
muscovy duck
Anas platyrhynchos
mallard
Anas wyvilliana
Hawaiian duck
koloa
Anas clypeata
northern shoveler
koloa moha
Anas acuta
northern pintail
koloa mapu
Aythya affinis
lesser scaup
Numida meleagris
helmeted guineafowl (domestic type)
Callipepla californica
California quail
Alectoris chukar
chukar
Francolinus pondicerianus
gray francolin
Francolinus francolinus
black francolin
Pternistis erckelii
Erckel’s francolin
Gallus gallus
red junglefowl (domestic)
moa
Lophura leucomelanos
kalij pheasant
Phasianus colchicus
ring-necked pheasant
Pavo cristatus
Indian peafowl
Meleagris gallopavo
wild turkey
Podilymbus podiceps
pied-billed grebe
Pterodroma sandwichensis
Hawaiian petrel
ʻuaʻu
Bulweria bulwerii
Bulwer’s petrel
ʻou
Ardenna pacifica
wedge-tailed shearwater
ʻuaʻu kani
Ardenna grisea
sooty shearwater
Puffinus newelli
Newell’s shearwater
ʻaʻo
Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Leach’s storm-petrel
Oceanodroma castro
band-rumped storm-petrel
ʻakeʻake
Phaethon lepturus
white-tailed tropicbird
koaʻe kea
Phaethon rubricauda
red-tailed tropicbird
koaʻe ʻula
Fregata minor
great frigatebird
ʻiwa
Sula dactylatra
masked booby
ʻā
Sula leucogaster
brown booby
ʻā
Sula sula
red-footed booby
ʻā
Bubulcus ibis
cattle egret
Nycticorax nycticorax
black-crowned night-heron
ʻaukuʻu
Buteo solitarius
Hawaiian hawk
ʻio
Fulica alai
Hawaiian coot
ʻalae keʻokeʻo
Himantopus mexicanus knudseni
Hawaiian black-necked stilt
aeʻo
Pluvialis fulva
Pacific golden-plover
kolea
Tringa incana
wandering tattler
ʻūlili
Numenius tahitiensis
bristle-thighed curlew
kioea
Arenaria interpres
ruddy turnstone
ʻakekeke
Calidris alba
sanderling
hunakai
Anous minutus
black noddy
noio
Onychoprion fuscatus
sooty tern
ʻewaʻewa
Sternula antillarum
least tern
Pterocles exustus
chestnut-bellied sandgrouse
Columba livia
rock pigeon
Streptopelia chinensis
spotted dove
Geopelia striata
zebra dove
Zenaida macroura
mourning dove
Tyto alba
barn owl
Asio flammeus sandwichensis
Hawaiian short-eared owl
pueo
Psittacara erythrogenys
red-masked parakeet
Chasiempis sandwichensis
Hawaii elepaio
ʻelepaio
Alauda arvensis
Eurasian skylark
Horornis diphone
Japanese bush-warbler
Zosterops japonicus
Japanese white-eye
Garrulax canorus
Chinese hwamei
Leiothrix lutea
red-billed leiothrix
Myadestes obscurus
omao
ʻōmaʻo
Mimus polyglottos
northern mockingbird
Acridotheres tristis
common myna
Paroaria capitata
yellow-billed cardinal
Sicalis flaveola
saffron finch
Cardinalis cardinalis
northern cardinal
Loxioides bailleui
palila
palila
Himatione sanguinea
apapane
ʻapapane
Drepanis coccinea
iiwi
ʻiʻiwi
Hemignathus wilsoni
akiapolaau
ʻakiapōlāʻau
Chlorodrepanis virens
Hawaii amakihi
ʻamakihi
Loxops mana
Hawaii creeper
ʻalawī
Loxops coccineus
Hawaii akepa
ʻākepa
Haemorhous mexicanus
house finch
Serinus mozambicus
yellow-fronted canary
Passer domesticus
house sparrow
Estrilda caerulescens
lavender waxbill
Estrilda astrild
common waxbill
Amandava amandava
red avadavat
Euodice cantans
African silverbill
Lonchura oryzivora
Java sparrow
Lonchura punctulata
scaly-breasted munia