Country checklist and status
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ABC and other checklists
You can download and print an ABC / Dowsett checklist for Reunion. 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 avifauna of La Réunion is poor in species but has a high proportion of threatened and endemic taxa. 78 species have been recorded comprising 9 native landbirds, 8 breeding native waterbirds and seabirds, 32 regular migrants, 9 accidentals and 20 introduced species.
|Mascarene Black Petrel||Pterodroma aterrima|
|Réunion Stonechat||Saxicola tectes|
|Olivaceous Bulbul||Hypsipetes borbonicus|
|Réunion White-eye||Zosterops olivaceus|
A possible new species of Scops Owl Otus sp on Réunion is an account of an unseen owl species calling. There are no known owls on Réunion. A second paper gives further evidence from different sources - RENMAN, E. (1995) and BRETAGNOLLE, V. & ATTIE, C. (1996).
Near endemic species (found in 3 countries at most)
|Barau’s Petrel||Pterodroma baraui||Ro|
|Madagascar Marsh Harrier||Circus maillardi||Ma, Co|
|Mascarene Swiftlet||Aerodramus francicus||M|
|Mascarene Grey White-eye||Zosterops borbonicus||M|
|Mascarene Paradise-Flycatcher||Terpsiphone bourbonnensis||M, Ro|
Species also found on Co=Comores, M=Mauritius, Ma=Madagascar, Ro=Rodrigues.
Little-known African Birds - Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone bourbonnensis SAFFORD, R. (1997).
|Barau’s Petrel||Pterodroma baraui||Endangered|
|Mascarene Black Petrel||Pterodroma aterrima||Critical|
|Madagascar Pond Heron||Ardeola idae||Vulnerable|
|Madagascar Marsh Harrier||Circus maillardi||Endangered|
|Madagascar Pratincole||Glareola ocularis||Vulnerable|
|Réunion Cuckoo-Shrike||Coracina newtoni||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.