Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris (diomedea) edwardsii
Cape Verde Warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis, Sao Jorge dos Orgaos, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
Iago Sparrows Passer iagoensis, Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde. Note: this species is common around the hotels in the south of Sal Island
Cape Verde Swift Apus alexandri, Praia cliffs, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae, Cha das Caldeiras, Fogo, Cape Verde
Country checklist and status
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ABC and other checklists
You can download and print an ABC / Dowsett checklist for Cape Verde Islands. The ABC lists follow the taxonomic sequence and names of Birds of Africa Volumes I-VII and are kept up to date with published and peer-reviewed records.
The total species list reliably recorded in the islands is 178. These include 36 breeding species of which 9 are seabirds. The main ornithological importance lies in its seabird colonies and its endemic land birds. There are about 40 species of passage migrants mainly of Palearctic origin (HAZEVOET 1995 etc).
|Cape Verde Swift||Apus alexandri|
|Raso Lark||Alauda razae|
|Cape Verde Warbler||Acrocephalus brevipennis see reference (viii)|
|Iago Sparrow||Passer iagoensis|
An additional seven land birds are recognized by Hazevoet as being endemic phylogenetic species, and these forms contribute significantly to the uniqueness of the islands: Cape Verde Purple Heron Ardea (purpurea) bournei, Cape Verde Kite Milvus (milvus) fasciicauda (HILLE, S, & THIOLLAY, J.-M. 2000), Cape Verde Buzzard Buteo (buteo) bannermani, Alexander's Kestrel Falco (tinnunculus) alexandri, Neglected Kestrel Falco (tinnunculus) neglectus, Cape Verde Peregrine Falco (peregrinus) madens and Cape Verde Barn Owl Tyto (alba) detorta. Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae is a seabird which is largely endemic to Cape Verde when breeding. The population of P.feae on Cape Verde is also recognized as a phylogenetic species by Hazevoet as are two other seabirds Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris (diomedea) edwardsii and Cape Verde Little Shearwater Puffinus (assimilis) boydi.
Near endemic species
|Fea’s Petrel||Pterodroma feae|
The breeding population in Cape Verde is estimated to be a minimum of 310 pairs. This species also breeds on Bugio island in the Desertas off Madeira.
|Fea’s Petrel||Pterodroma feae||Vulnerable|
|Raso Lark||Alauda razae||Critical|
|Cape Verde Warbler||Acrocephalus brevipennis||Endangered|
The lists of endemic, near endemic and threatened species have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International, and Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd.