The Bonaire Bird List

The Bonaire Bird List presents Bonaire’s birds, those most commonly encountered on Bonaire, as well as some which might be observed during migration seasons.

This Bonaire Bird List provides an online resource for those who have observed a bird on Bonaire but are not quite sure what it is.  There are over 125 images of birds that have been reported on Bonaire.

The Bonaire Bird List is sorted by taxonomy.

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On the Bonaire Bird List, you’ll find the common name, scientific name, status (migratory or resident), abundance, breeding status, and an image, as well as any other points of interest.  Species names are provided in Dutch and Papiamentu as well.

Included on the checklist are the Bonaire birds which live on the island and which you are most likely to see, but also those which you might encounter if you are on Bonaire during either the fall or spring migrations, as well as those which may over-winter on Bonaire.  Some birds displayed are rare to very rare.

eBird has compiled a total checklist for Bonaire, using their database which includes 238 reported species of birds observed on Bonaire. Download the checklist in advance of your trip, so you can be sure to check off all the species you observe.

Bonaire Bird List by Taxonomy

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck


Dendrocygna autumnalis

Dutch: Zwarbuikfluiteend
Papiamentu: Patu pidjidji barika pretu

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ locally fairly common
⋅ least concern

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Egyptian Goose


Alopochen aegyptiaca

Dutch: Nijlgans

⋅ non-breeding feral visitor
⋅ very rare
⋅ least concern

Egyptian Goose

Blue-winged Teal


Spatula discors

Dutch: Blauwvleugeltaling
Papiamentu: Patu moreke

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler


Spatula clypeata

Dutch: Slobeend
Papiamentu: Patu boka hanchu

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Northern Shoveler

American Wigeon


Mareca americana

Dutch: Amerikaanse Smient
Papiamentu: Patu merikano

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

American Wigeon

White-cheeked Pintail


Anas bahamensis

Dutch: Bahamapijlstaart
Papiamentu: Patu di ana

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ locally fairly common
⋅ least concern

White-cheeked Pintail

Ring-necked Duck


Aythya collaris

Dutch: Ringsnaveleend
Papiamentu: Patu boka mancha

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup


Aythya affinis

Dutch: Kleine Topper
Papiamentu: Patu toper chiki

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ fairly scarce
⋅ least concern

Lesser Scaup
 

PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American Flamingo


Phoenicopterus ruber

Dutch: Caribische Flamingo
Papiamentu: Chogogo

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern



Learn more...

American Flamingos
 

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed Grebe


Podilymbus podiceps

Dutch: Dikbekfuut
Papiamentu: Sambuyado pik diki

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ locally uncommon
⋅ least concern

Pied-billed Grebe

Least Grebe


Tachybaptus dominicus

Dutch: Amerikaanse Dodaars
Papiamentu: Sambuyado chiki

⋅ breeding visitor
⋅ locally rare
⋅ least concern

Least Grebe
 

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock Pigeon


Columba livia

Dutch: Rotsduif
Papiamentu: Palomba

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern
⋅ introduced

Rock Pigeon

Scaly-naped Pigeon


Patagioenas squamosa

Dutch: Roodhalsduif
Papiamentu: Palomba di baranka

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Scaly-naped Pigeon

Bare-eyed Pigeon


Patagioenas corensis

Dutch: Naaktoogduif
Papiamentu: Ala blanka

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Bare-eyed Pigeon

Common Ground Dove


Columbina passerina

Dutch: Musduif
Papiamentu: Totolika

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Common Ground Dove

White-tipped Dove


Leptotila verreauxi

Dutch: Verreaux' Duif
Papiamentu: Jiwiri

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

White-tipped Dove

Eared Dove


Zenaida auriculata

Dutch: Geoorde Teurduif
Papiamentu: Patrushi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Eared Dove

CUCULIFORMES: Otidimorphae

Groove-billed Ani


Crotophaga sulcirostris

Dutch: Groefsnavelani
Papiamentu: Chuchubi pretu

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ locally fairly common
⋅ least concern

Groove-billed Ani

Greater Ani


Crotophaga major

Dutch: Grote ani
Papiamentu: Chuchubi pretu mayo

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ very rare
⋅ least concern

Greater Ani

Smooth-billed Ani


Crotophaga ani

Dutch: Kleine ani
Papiamentu: Chuchubi pretu pico lisp

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Smooth-billed Ani

Yellow-billed Cuckoo


Coccyzus americanus

Dutch: Geelsnavelkoekoek
Papiamentu: Kuku pik hel

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ infrequent
⋅ least concern

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Trochilidae

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird


Chrysolampis mosquitus

Dutch: Muskietkolibrie
Papiamentu: Blenchi-dormasol (male), Blenchi-hudio (female)

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Ruby Topaz

Blue-tailed Emerald


Chlorostilbon mellisugus

Dutch: Blauwstaartsmaragdkolibrie
Papiamentu: Blenchi berde

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Blue-tailed Emerald
 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Sora


Porzana carolina

Dutch: Soraral
Papiamentu: Gaitu Sora

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Sora

Common Gallinule


Gallinula galeata

Dutch: Amerikaanse Waterhoen
Papiamentu: Gaitu pik kora

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Common Galinule

American Coot


Fulica americana

Dutch: Amerikaanse Meerkoet
Papiamentu: Gaitu pik blanku

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

American Coot

Purple Galinule


Porphyrio martinica

Dutch: Amerikaans Purperhoen
Papiamentu: Gaitu bina

⋅ breeding year-round visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Purple Gallinule
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked Stilt


Himantopus mexicanus

Dutch: Amerikaanse Steltkluut
Papiamentu: Kaweta di patu

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Black-necked Stilt
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American Oystercatcher


Haematopus palliatus

Dutch: Amerikaanse Bonte Scholekster
Papiamentu: Kibra kokolishi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly scarce
⋅ least concern

American Oystercatcher
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied Plover


Pluvialis squatarola

Dutch: Zilverplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi shinishi

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ fairly common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover


Pluvialis dominica

Dutch: Amerikaanse Goudplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi dora

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

American Golden Plover

Southern Lapwing


Vanellus chilensis

Dutch: Chileense Kievit
Papiamentu: Kivit sur-amerikano

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ locally fairly common
⋅ least concern

Southern Lapwing

Collared Plover


Vanellus chilensis

Dutch: Kraagplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi koyar

non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ uncommon, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Collared Plover

Snowy Plover


Charadrius nivosus

Dutch: Amerikaanse Strandplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi blanku

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ near threatened

Snowy Plover

Wilson's Plover


Charadrius wilsonia

Dutch: Dikbekplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi pik diki

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover


Charadrius semipalmatus

Dutch: Amerikaanse Bontbekplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi semipalmado

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Semi-Palmated Plover

Piping Plover


Charadrius melodus

Dutch: Dwergplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi melodiko

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ near threatened

Piping Plover

Killdeer


Charadrius vociferus

Dutch: Killdeerplevier
Papiamentu: Lopi killdeer

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Semi-Palmated Plover
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland Sandpiper


Bartramia longicauda

Dutch: Bartrams Ruiter
Papiamentu: Snepi Bartram

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Upland Sandpiper

Whimbrel


Numenius phaeopus

Dutch: Amerikaanse Regenwulp
Papiamentu: Lopi pik dobla

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Whimbrel

Hudsonian Godwit


Limosa haemastica

Dutch: Rode Grutto
Papiamentu: Lopi kora

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Learn more...

Hudsonian Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone


Arenaria interpres

Dutch: Steenloper
Papiamentu: Totolika di awa

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ fairly common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot


Calidris canutus

Dutch: Kanoet
Papiamentu: Snepi kora

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ near threatened

Red Knot

Stilt Sandpiper


Calidris himantopus

Dutch: Steltstrandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi pia largu

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ uncommon, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Stilt Sandpiper

Sanderling


Calidris alba

Dutch: Drieteenstrandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi blanku

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ fairly common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper


Calidris minutilla

Dutch: Kleinste Strandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi chiki

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper


Calidris fuscicollis

Dutch: Bonaparte's Strandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi bonaparte

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

White-rumped Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper


Calidris subruficollis

Dutch: Blonde Ruiter
Papiamentu: Snepi blont boka chiki

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ near threatened

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper


Calidris melanotos

Dutch: Gestreepte Strandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi strepi fini

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper


Calidris pusilla

Dutch: Grijze Strandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi pia pretu

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common, with increased winter populations
⋅ near threatened

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper


Calidris mauri

Dutch: Alaskastrandloper
Papiamentu: Snepi mauri

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ uncommon, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher


Limnodromus griseus

Dutch: Kleine Grijze Snip
Papiamentu: Snepi gris chiki

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern
⋅ Note on identification: The Short-billed Dowitcher and the Long-billed Dowitcher are very difficult to differentiate by visual means. On Bonaire, most likely you will encounter the Short-billed Dowitcher. In order to correctly identify a Long-billed Dowitcher, its vocalization must be heard, as that will differentiate it from the Short-billed Dowitcher.

Short-billed Dowager

Long-billed Dowitcher


Limnodromus scolopaceus

Dutch: Grote Grijze Snip
Papiamentu: Snepi gris grandi

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern
⋅ Note on identification: The Short-billed Dowitcher and the Long-billed Dowitcher are very difficult to differentiate by visual means. On Bonaire, most likely you will encounter the Short-billed Dowitcher. In order to correctly identify a Long-billed Dowitcher, its vocalization must be heard, as that will differentiate it from the Short-billed Dowitcher.

Long-billed Dowager

Wilson's Snipe


Gallinago delicata

Dutch: Amerikaanse Watersnip
Papiamentu: Snepi di awa

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Phalarope


Phalaropus tricolor

Dutch: Grote Franjepoot
Papiamentu: Snepi seha grandi

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Wilson's Phalarope

Spotted Sandpiper


Actitis macularius

Dutch: Amerikaanse Oeverloper
Papiamentu: Snepi barika pinta

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper


Tringa solitaria

Dutch: Amerikaanse Bosruiter
Papiamentu: Snepi solitario

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Tringa melanoleuca

Dutch: Grote Geelpootruiter
Papiamentu: Snepi pia hel largu

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet


Tringa semipalmata

Dutch: Willet
Papiamentu: Snepi ala di strepi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs


Tringa flavipes

Dutch: Klein Geelpootruiter
Papiamentu: Snepi pia hel chikitu

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Lesser Yellowlegs
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing Gull


Leucophaeus atricilla

Dutch: Lachmeeuw
Papiamentu: Kahela komun

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common, with increased summer populations
⋅ least concern

Laughing Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull


Larus fuscus

Dutch: Kleine Mantelmeeuw
Papiamentu: Kahela lomba pretu chiki

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Brown Noddy


Anous stolidus

Dutch: Noddy
Papiamentu: Noody bruin

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Learn more...

Brown Noddy

Least Tern


Sternula antillarum

Dutch: Amerikaanse Dwergstern
Papiamentu: Meuchi chikitu

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern


Gelochelidon nilotica

Dutch: Lachstern
Papiamentu: Meuchi nilotiko

⋅ non-breeding summer visitor
⋅ very scarce
⋅ least concern

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern


Hydroprogne caspia

Dutch: Reuzenstern
Papiamentu: Meuchi gigante

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Caspian Tern

Roseate Tern


Sterna dougallii

Dutch: Dougalls Stern
Papiamentu: Meuchi Dougall

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ scarce
⋅ least concern

Roseate Tern

Common Tern


Sterna hirundo

Dutch: Visdief
Papiamentu: Meuchi pik kora

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Common Tern

Royal Tern


Thalasseus maximus

Dutch: Koningsstern
Papiamentu: Meuchi real

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern


Thalasseus sandvicensis

Dutch: Amerikaanse grote stern
Papiamentu: Bubi chiki

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern (Cayenne)


Thalasseus sandvicensis eurygnathus

Dutch: Amerikaanse grote stern (Geelsnavelstern)
Papiamentu: Bubi chiki

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Sandwich

White-winged Tern


Chlidonias leucopterus

Dutch: Witvleugelstern

⋅ vagrant, perhaps from Eurasia or Africa
⋅ very rare
⋅ least concern

Learn more...

White-winged Tern
 

SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent Frigatebird


Fregata magnificens

Dutch: Amerikaanse Fregatvogel
Papiamentu: Makwaka

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Magnificent Frigatebird
 

SULIDAE:

Brown Booby


Sula leucogaster

Dutch: Bruine Gent
Papiamentu: Bubi

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Brown Booby
 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant


Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Dutch: Bigua Aalscholver
Papiamentu: Dekla

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

 

PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Brown Pelican


Pelecanus occidentalis

Dutch: Bruine Pelikaan
Papiamentu: Ganshi

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Brown Pelican
 

PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great Blue Heron


Ardea herodias

Dutch: Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger
Papiamentu: Garsa blou grandi

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret


Ardea alba

Dutch: Grote Zilverreiger
Papiamentu: Garsa blanku grandi

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Great Egret

Snowy Egret


Egretta thula

Dutch: Amerikaanse Kleine Zilverreiger
Papiamentu: Garsa blanku chiki

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron


Egretta caerulea

Dutch: Kleine Blauwe Reiger
Papiamentu: Garsa blou chiki

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron


Egretta tricolor

Dutch: Witbuikreiger
Papiamentu: Garsa barika blanku

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Tri-colored Heron

Reddish Egret


Egretta rufescens

Dutch: Roodhalsreiger
Papiamentu: Garsa Kora

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ near threatened

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret


Bubulcus ibis

Dutch: Koereiger
Papiamentu: Baka di awa

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Cattle Egret

Green Heron


Butorides virescens

Dutch: Groene Reiger
Papiamentu: Galina di awa

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Green Heron

Striated Heron


Butorides striata

Dutch: Mangrovereiger
Papiamentu: Galina di awa strepia

⋅ non-breeding year-round visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Learn more...

Striated Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron


Nycticorax nycticorax

Dutch: Kwak
Papiamentu: Krabe bachi pretu

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


Nyctanassa violacea

Dutch: Geelkruinkwak
Papiamentu: Krabe korona hel

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Glossy Ibis


Plegadis falcinellus

Dutch: Zwarte Ibis
Papiamentu: Ibis pretu

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Learn more...

Glossy Ibis

CATHARTIFORMES: Cathartidae

Black Vulture


Coragyps atratus

Dutch: Zwarte Gier
Papiamentu: Zamuro pretu

⋅ non-breeding visitor or vagrant
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Black Vulture
 

ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

Osprey


Pandion haliaetus

Dutch: Visarend
Papiamentu: Gabilan piskado

⋅ non-breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common, with increased winter populations
⋅ least concern

Osprey
 

STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn Owl


Tyto alba

Dutch: Kerkuil
Papiamentu: Palabrua

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Barn Owl
 

CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted Kingfisher


Megaceryle alcyon

Dutch: Bandijsvogel
Papiamentu: Kabes grandi

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Belted Kingfisher
 

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Crested Caracara


Caracara cheriway

Dutch: Noordelijke Kuifcaracara
Papiamentu: Warawara

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Crested Caracara

Merlin


Falco columbarius

Dutch: Smelleken
Papiamentu: Kinikini grandi

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon


Falco peregrinus

Dutch: Slechtvalk
Papiamentu: Falki peregrino

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Peregrine Falcon
 

PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Yellow-shouldered Parrot


Amazona barbadensis rothschildi

Dutch: Geelvleugelamazone
Papiamentu: Lora

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ vulnerable



Yellow-shouldered Parrot

Brown-throated Parakeet


Eupsittula pertinax xanthogenia

Dutch: Maisparkiet
Papiamentu: Prikichi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern



Brown-throated Parakeet
 

PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Caribbean Elaenia


Elaenia martinica

Dutch: Witbuikelenia
Papiamentu: Chonchorogai

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Caribbean Elaenia

Northern Scrub-Flycatcher


Sublegatus arenarum

Dutch: Noordelijke Struikvliegenpikker
Papiamentu: Chonchorogai

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Northern Scrub Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher


Myiarchus tyrannulus

Dutch: Cayennetiran
Papiamentu: Chonchorogai

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Pied Water Tyrant


Fluvicola pica

Dutch: Bonte watertiran

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Pied Water Tyrant

Tropical Kingbird


Tyrannus melancholicus

Dutch: Tropische Koningstiran
Papiamentu: Pimpiri hel

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Tropical Kingbird

Gray Kingbird


Tyrannus dominicensis

Dutch: Grijze Koningstiran
Papiamentu: Pimpiri gris

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Gray Kingbird

Fork-tailed Flycatcher


Tyrannus savana

Dutch: Vorkstaartkoningstiran
Papiamentu: Pimpiri rab'i souchi

⋅ non-breeding summer visitor
⋅ fairly uncommon
⋅ least concern

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher


Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus

Dutch: Uruguaytiran

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ very rare
⋅ least concern

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher
 

PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

Red-eyed Vireo


Vireo olivaceus

Dutch: Roodoogvireo
Papiamentu: Vireo wowo kora

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Red-eyed Vireo

Black-whiskered Vireo


Vireo altiloquus

Dutch: Baardvireo
Papiamentu: Vireo patia pretu

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Black-whiskered Vireo

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank Swallow (Sand Martin)


Riparia riparia

Dutch: Oeverzwaluw
Papiamentu: Souchi ribera

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Bank Swallow (Sand Martin)

Barn Swallow


Hirundo rustica

Dutch: Boerenzwaluw
Papiamentu: Souchi

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Barn Swallow

American Cliff Swallow


Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Dutch: Amerikaanse Klifzwaluw
Papiamentu: Souchi baranka

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

American Cliff Swallow

PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Pearly-eyed Thrasher


Margarops fuscatus

Dutch: Witoogspotlijster
Papiamentu: Chuchubi wowo blanku

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Call:


Song:


Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Tropical Mockingbird


Mimus gilvus

Dutch: Tropische Spotlijster
Papiamentu: Chuchubi


⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern



Tropical Mockingbird
 

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House Sparrow


Passer domesticus

Dutch: Huismus
Papiamentu: Para di Jonchi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern
⋅ introduced

House Sparrow
 

PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Grasshopper Sparrow


Ammodramus savannarum caribaeus

Dutch: Sprinkhaangors
Papiamentu: Mofi di sabana

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ although the bird is generally considered to be of least concern, the subspecies caribaeus which is found in small numbers on Bonaire, and in smaller numbers on Curacao, is under threat. In a 2018 study, it was estimated that about 20 Grasshopper Sparrows of the caribaeus subspecies remained on Bonaire.

Grasshopper Sparrow
 

PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

Bobolink


Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Dutch: Bobolink
Papiamentu: Para di ana

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Bobolink

Venezuelan Troupial


Icterus icterus

Dutch: Oranje Troepiaal
Papiamentu: Trupial

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern
⋅ introduced

Venezuelan Troupial

Yellow Oriole


Icterus nigrogularis

Dutch: Gele Troepiaal
Papiamentu: Trupial kacho

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern


Yellow Oriole

Carib Grackle


Quiscalus lugubris

Dutch: Caribische Troepiaal
Papiamentu: Chuchubi pretu

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Carib Grackle

Yellow-hooded Blackbird


Chrysomus icterocephalus

Dutch: Geelkaptroepiaal
Papiamentu: Trupial pretu kabes hel

⋅ non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Yellow-hooded Blackbird
 

PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

Northern Waterthrush


Parkesia noveboracensis

Dutch: Noordse Waterlijster
Papiamentu: Chipe di suela norteno

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Northern Waterthrush

Prothonotary Warbler


Protonotaria citrea

Dutch: Citroenzanger
Papiamentu: Chipe protonotario

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Prothonotary Warbler

American Redstart


Setophaga ruticilla

Dutch: Amerikaanse Roodstart
Papiamentu: Rabu kora

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

American Redstart

Northern Parula


Setophaga americana

Dutch: Brilparulazanger
Papiamentu: Chipe parula

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

 Northern Parula

Blackburnian Warbler


Setophaga fusca

Dutch: Sparrenzanger
Papiamentu: Chipe Blackburn

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow Warbler


Setophaga petechia

Dutch: Gele Zanger
Papiamentu: Para di misa

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler


Setophaga pensylvanica

Dutch: Roestflankzanger
Papiamentu: Chipe banda kolo kastano

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler


Setophaga striata

Dutch: Zwartkopzanger
Papiamentu: Chipe pechi pretu

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Blackpoll Warbler

Prairie Warbler


Setophaga pradera

Dutch: Prairiezanger
Papiamentu: Chipe pradera

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ very rare
⋅ least concern

Prairie Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Setophaga coronata

Dutch: Geelstuitzanger
Papiamentu: Chipe korona di oro

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ very rare
⋅ least concern

Yellow-rumped Warbler

PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae

Scarlet Tanager


Piranga olivacea

Dutch: Zwartvleugeltangare
Papiamentu: Tanagra kora

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Pheucticus ludovicianus

Dutch: Roodborstkardinaal
Papiamentu: Pik grandi barika ros

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting


Passerina cyanea

Dutch: Indigogors
Papiamentu: Para indigo

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel


Spiza americana

Dutch: Dickcissel
Papiamentu: Para di ana dashi gris

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Dickcissel
 

PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Saffron Finch


Sicalis flaveola

Dutch: Gewone Saffraangors
Papiamentu: Kanari

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern
⋅ introduced

Saffron Finch

Bananaquit


Coereba flaveola

Dutch: Suikerdiefje
Papiamentu: Barika hel

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Bananaquit

Black-faced Grassquit


Melanospiza bicolor

Dutch: Maskergrondvink
Papiamentu: Mofi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Black-faced Grassquit

For a complete listing of the birds of Bonaire, refer to the the latest field guide:

Field Guide

Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao is the essential guide for anyone traveling to Bonaire.  This book, published in 2017, showcases the more than 280 species seen on the ABC Islands and provides descriptions of and directions to the best places to bird, from the famous white sand beaches to hidden watering holes to the majestic national parks.

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