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 100 images of birds which can be found 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, Latin name, status (migratory or resident), abundance, status, and an image, as well as any other points of interest.  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.

eBird has compiled a total checklist for Bonaire, using their database which includes 235 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

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

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Blue-winged Teal


Spatula discors

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Blue-winged Teal

White-cheeked Pintail


Anas bahamensis

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

White-cheeked Pintail

Ring-necked Duck


Aythya collaris

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup


Aythya affinis

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

Lesser Scaup
 

PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

American Flamingo


Phoenicopterus ruber

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Learn more...

American Flamingos
 

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Pied-billed Grebe


Podilymbus podiceps

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

Pied-billed Grebe

Least Grebe


Tachybaptus dominicus

⋅ irregular breeding visitor
⋅ locally rare
⋅ least concern

Least Grebe
 

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock Pigeon


Columba livia

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

Rock Pigeon

Scaly-naped Pigeon


Patagioenas squamosa

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Scaly-naped Pigeon

Bare-eyed Pigeon


Patagioenas corensis

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Bare-eyed Pigeon

Common Ground Dove


Columbina passerina

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Common Ground Dove

White-tipped Dove


Leptotila verreauxi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

White-tipped Dove

Eared Dove


Zenaida auriculata

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Eared Dove

CUCULIFORMES: Otidimorphae

Groove-billed Ani


Crotophaga sulcirostris

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

Groove-billed Ani

Yellow-billed Cuckoo


Coccyzus americanus

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ infrequent
⋅ least concern

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Trochilidae

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird


Chrysolampis mosquitus

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

Ruby Topaz

Blue-tailed Emerald


Chlorostilbon mellisugus

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

Blue-tailed Emerald
 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Sora


Porzana carolina

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

Sora

Common Gallinule


Gallinula galeata

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

Common Galinule

American Coot


Fulica americana

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

American Coot

Purple Galinule


Porphyrio martinica

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

American Coot
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked Stilt


Himantopus mexicanus

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Black-necked Stilt
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

American Oystercatcher


Haematopus palliatus

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

American Oystercatcher
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied Plover


Pluvialis squatarola

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

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover


Pluvialis dominica

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

American Golden Plover

Southern Lapwing


Vanellus chilensis

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

Southern Lapwing

Collared Plover


Vanellus chilensis

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

Collared Plover

Snowy Plover


Charadrius nivosus

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ near threatened

Snowy Plover

Wilson's Plover


Charadrius wilsonia

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

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover


Charadrius semipalmatus

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

Semi-Palmated Plover

Killdeer


Charadrius vociferus

⋅ irregular non-breeding visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Semi-Palmated Plover
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Upland Sandpiper


Bartramia longicauda

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Upland Sandpiper

Whimbrel


Numenius phaeopus

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

Whimbrel

Hudsonian Godwit


Limosa haemastica

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

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Hudsonian Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone


Arenaria interpres

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

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot


Calidris canutus

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

Red Knot

Stilt Sandpiper


Calidris himantopus

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

Stilt Sandpiper

Sanderling


Calidris alba

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

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper


Calidris minutilla

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper


Calidris fuscicollis

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper


Calidris melanotos

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper


Calidris pusilla

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

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper


Calidris mauri

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

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher


Limnodromus griseus

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

Short-billed Dowager

Wilson's Snipe


Gallinago delicata

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Wilson's Snipe

Spotted Sandpiper


Actitis macularius

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

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper


Tringa solitaria

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Tringa melanoleuca

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

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet


Tringa semipalmata

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

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs


Tringa flavipes

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

Lesser Yellowlegs
 

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Laughing Gull


Leucophaeus atricilla

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

Laughing Gull

Least Tern


Sternula antillarum

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Least Tern

Caspian Tern


Hydroprogne caspia

⋅ irregular visitor
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Caspian Tern

Common Tern


Sterna hirundo

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ fairly common
⋅ least concern

Common Tern

Royal Tern


Thalasseus maximus

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern


Thalasseus sandvicensis

⋅ breeding summer visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Sandwich
 

SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Magnificent Frigatebird


Fregata magnificens

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

Magnificent Frigatebird
 

SULIDAE:

Brown Booby


Sula leucogaster

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

Brown Booby
 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant


Phalacrocorax brasilianus

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

 

PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Brown Pelican


Pelecanus occidentalis

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

Brown Pelican
 

PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great Blue Heron


Ardea herodias

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

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret


Ardea alba

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

Great Egret

Snowy Egret


Egretta thula

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron


Egretta caerulea

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

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron


Egretta tricolor

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Tri-colored Heron

Reddish Egret


Egretta rufescens

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ near threatened

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret


Bubulcus ibis

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

Cattle Egret

Green Heron


Butorides virescens

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Green Heron

Striated Heron


Butorides striata

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

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Striated Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron


Nycticorax nycticorax

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

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


Nyctanassa violacea

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
 

ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

Osprey


Pandion haliaetus

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

Osprey
 

STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn Owl


Tyto alba

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ rare
⋅ least concern

Barn Owl
 

CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Belted Kingfisher


Megaceryle alcyon

⋅ breeding year-round visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Belted Kingfisher
 

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Crested Caracara


Caracara cheriway

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

Crested Caracara

Merlin


Falco columbarius

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

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon


Falco peregrinus

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Peregrine Falcon
 

PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Yellow-shouldered Parrot


Amazona barbadensis rothschildi

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ fairly common
⋅ vulnerable

Yellow-shouldered Parrot

Brown-throated Parakeet


Eupsittula pertinax xanthogenia

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Brown-throated Parakeet
 
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae

Caribbean Elaenia


Elaenia martinica

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Caribbean Elaenia

Northern Scrub-Flycatcher


Sublegatus arenarum

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

Northern Scrub Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher


Myiarchus tyrannulus

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

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Gray Kingbird


Tyrannus dominicensis

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Gray Kingbird

Fork-tailed Flycatcher


Tyrannus savana

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

Fork-tailed Flycatcher
 

PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae

Black-whiskered Vireo


Vireo altiloquus

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Black-whiskered Vireo

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Bank Swallow (Sand Martin)


Riparia riparia

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Bank Swallow (Sand Martin)

Barn Swallow


Hirundo rustica

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Barn Swallow

American Cliff Swallow


Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

American Cliff Swallow

PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae

Pearly-eyed Thrasher


Margarops fuscatus

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

Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Tropical Mockingbird


Mimus gilvus

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Tropical Mockingbird
 

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House Sparrow


Passer domesticus

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

House Sparrow
 

PASSERIFORMES: Passerellidae

Grasshopper Sparrow


Ammodramus savannarum

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Grasshopper Sparrow
 

PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae

Bobolink


Dolichonyx oryzivorus

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Bobolink

Venezuelan Troupial


Icterus icterus

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

Venezuelan Troupial

Yellow Oriole


Icterus nigrogularis

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


Yellow Oriole

Carib Grackle


Quiscalus lugubris

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Carib Grackle
 

PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae

Northern Waterthrush


Parkesia noveboracensis

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

Northern Waterthrush

Prothonotary Warbler


Protonotaria citrea

⋅ non-breeding winter visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Prothonotary Warbler

American Redstart


Setophaga ruticilla

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

American Redstart

Yellow Warbler


Setophaga petechia

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Yellow Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler


Setophaga striata

⋅ non-breeding migrant visitor
⋅ uncommon
⋅ least concern

Blackpoll Warbler
 

PASSERIFORMES: Thraupidae

Saffron Finch


Sicalis flaveola

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

Saffron Finch

Bananaquit


Coereba flaveola

⋅ breeding year-round resident
⋅ common
⋅ least concern

Bananaquit

Black-faced Grassquit


Melanospiza bicolor

⋅ 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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