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Vanuatu Birds – Bird Species Found in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean

As of 2007:

  • Number of bird species: 155
  • Number of endemic bird species: 9
  • Number of breeding endemics: 1
  • Number of globally threatened bird species:
  • Number of introduced bird species: 11

Australian Golden Whistler
Australian Golden Whistler

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Please scroll down for Alphabetic Index of Land / Forest Birds Found on Vanuatu

Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) – Forest Birds

Buff-bellied Monarch (Neolalage banksiana) – Endemic – Forest Birds

Cardinal Myzomela (Myzomela cardinalis) – Forest Birds

Chestnut-bellied Kingfisher aka Vanuatu Kingfisher (Todiramphus farquhari; also called) – Endemic – Range: Espiritu Santo, Malo and Malakula in Vanuatu. Vunerable – Forest Birds (often found near water)

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin / Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax) – Introduced species – Finches

Chestnut Munia or Black-heaed Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) – Introduced species – Finches

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) – Forest Birds (often found near water)

Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis) – Introduced Species

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) – Rare/Accidental

Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild) – Introduced species

Cuckoos: Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis); Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus / Chalcites lucidus); Long-tailed Cuckoo (Urodynamis taitensis)

Crimson Finches (Neochmia phaeton)

Fan-tailed Gerygone (Gerygone flavolateralis) – Forest Birds

A Collared Kingfisher Perched on Tree Vanuatu Birds
A Collared Kingfisher Perched on Tree Vanuatu Birds

Grey-eared Honeyeater or Dark-brown Honeyeater (Lichmera incana)

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) – Perching Birds (Passerines)

Guadalcanal Thicketbird (Megalurulus whitneyi) – Near-Endemic – No Photo – Forest Birds

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) – Introduced Species

Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus)

Long-tailed Trillers (Lalage leucopyga) – Perching Bird (Passerine

Melanesian Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina caledonica)

Melanesian Whistler (Pachycephala caledonica) (no photo)

New Caledonian Flycatcher or Melanesian Flycatcher (Myiagra caledonica) – Near-Endemic

Norfolk Island Pacific Robin (Petroica multicolor multicolor), also known as the Norfolk Island Scarlet Robin or Norfolk Island Robin

Pacific Robin (Petroica multicolor)

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) – Perching Birds (Passerines)

Parrotfinch (Erythrura) (Royal Parrot Finch, Red-headed, Red-throated and Blue-faced Parrotfinches – Forest Birds)

Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa) – Perching Bird (Passerine)

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Red Avadavat / Red Munia / Strawberry Finch (Amandava amandava) – Rare/Accidental – Finches

Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) – Introduced species

Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) – Introduced species

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) – Forest Birds (often found near water)

Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)

Scrubfowl (Vanuatu Scrubfowl and Melanesian Scrubfowl)

Silvereye or Wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) – Rare / Accidental

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Southern Shrikebill (Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides) – Songbird / Perching Bird (Passerine)

South Melanesian Cuckooshrike (Coracina caledonica)

Starlings – Vanuatu Starling – Endemic; Common or European Starling – Rare/Accidental; Rusty-winged Starling

Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura verreauxi or Rhipidura spilodera) – Perching Birds (Passerines)

Swiftlets (Aerodramus): Uniform Swiftlet; White-rumped Swiftlet; Glossy Swiftlet

Tricolored Munia (Lonchura malacca) – Introduced species – Finches

Vanuatu White-eye or Yellow-fronted White-eye (Zosterops flavifrons) – Endemic

White-bellied Honeyeater aka New Hebrides Honeyeater (Glycifohia notabilis) – Endemic

White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) – Perching Birds (Passerines)


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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