Checklist of the Birds of Aruba

                  Prepared by J. V. Wells

Date: 5/27/ 2009_____________

Time: _7:30- 10:30 AM_____________________

Locality: _Low Rise Hotel to Bubali Bird Sanctuary

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Observers:

Bruce Ruppel

New Jersey USA

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Abbreviations: Status in appropriate habitat is indicated in parentheses by single letter code.  C = common, U = uncommon, R = rare, V = vagrant. An asterisk (*) indicates that the species is known to have bred on the island.

 

Podicipedidae - Grebes

__X__  Pied-billed Grebe* (C )

____  Least Grebe (U)

 

Procellariidae - Petrels and Shearwaters

____  Black-capped Petrel (R) 

____  Audubon's Shearwater (U)

 

Hydrobatidae - Storm-Petrels

____  Wilson's Storm-Petrel (R)

____  Leach's Storm-Petrel (V)

 

Sulidae – Boobies and Gannets

____  Masked Booby (V)

____  Brown Booby (C)

____  Red-footed Booby (U)

 

Pelecanidae - Pelicans

__X__  Brown Pelican* (C)

 

Phalacrocoracidae – Cormorants

__X__  Neotropic Cormorant* (C)

 

Fregatidae - Frigatebirds

__X__ Magnificent Frigatebird (C)

 

Ardeidae – Herons and Egrets

__X__ Pinnated Bittern (V)

____ Great Blue Heron (U)

____ Great Egret (C)

____ Snowy Egret* (C)

____ Little Blue Heron (C)

__X__ Tricolored Heron* (C)

____ Reddish Egret (R)

____ Cattle Egret* (C)

____ Green Heron* (C)

____ Black-crowned Night-Heron* (C)

____ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron* (U)

 

Threskiornithidae - Ibises

____ White Ibis (R)

____ Scarlet Ibis (R)

____ Glossy Ibis (R)

____ White-faced Ibis (V)

____ Roseate Spoonbill (V)

 

Ciconiidae - Storks

____ Wood Stork (V)

 

Phoenicopteridae – Flamingos

____ Greater Flamingo (V)

 

Anatidae – Ducks, Geese, and Swans

____ White-faced Whistling-Duck (V)

____ Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (V)

____ Fulvous-Whistling Duck (V)

____ Greater White-fronted Goose (V)

____ Comb Duck (V)

____ American Wigeon (R)

____ Blue-winged Teal (C)

____ Northern Shoveler (V)

__X__ White-cheeked Pintail* (C)

____ Northern Pintail (V)

____ Lesser Scaup (U)

 

Accipitridae – Eagles, Hawks, and allies

__X__ Osprey (C)

____ White-tailed Kite (V)

____ White-tailed Hawk* (R)

 

Falconidae – Falcons

____ Crested Caracara* (U)

____ American Kestrel* (C)

____ Merlin (U)

____ Peregrine Falcon (U)

 

Odontophoridae - Quail

____ Crested Bobwhite* (C)

 

Rallidae – Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

____ Sora (U)

____ Purple Gallinule (R)

__X__ Common Moorhen (C)

__X__ Caribbean Coot (C)

 

Aramidae – Limpkins

____ Limpkin (V)

 

Charadriidae – Plovers

____ Southern Lapwing (V)

____ Black-bellied Plover (C)

____ American Golden-Plover (U)

____ Collared Plover (R)

____ Snowy Plover (R)

____ Wilson's Plover (R)

____ Semipalmated Plover (C)

__X__ Killdeer (C)

 

Haematopodidae - Oystercatchers

__X__ American Oystercatcher (U)

 

Recurvirostridae - Stilts

____ Black-necked Stilt (C)

 

Scolopacidae – Sandpipers and allies

____ Greater Yellowlegs (C)

____ Lesser Yellowlegs (C)

____ Solitary Sandpiper (U)

____ Willet (U)

____ Spotted Sandpiper (C)

____ Upland Sandpiper (V)

____ Whimbrel (C)

____ Hudsonian Godwit (R)

____ Ruddy Turnstone (C)

____ Red Knot (R)

____ Sanderling (C)

____ Semipalmated Sandpiper (C)

____ Western Sandpiper (U)

____ Least Sandpiper (C)

____ White-rumped Sandpiper (R)

____ Baird's Sandpiper (R)

____ Pectoral Sandpiper (R)

____ Stilt Sandpiper (U)

____ Short-billed Dowitcher (U)

____ Long-billed Dowitcher (R)

____ Common Snipe (C)

 

Laridae – Jaegers, Gulls, and Terns

____ Pomarine Jaeger (R)

____ Parasitic Jaeger (R)

____ Laughing Gull* (C)

____ Franklin’s Gull (V)

____ Ring-billed Gull (V)

____ Herring Gull (V)

____ Lesser Black-backed Gull (V)

____ Great Black-backed Gull (V)

____ Gull-billed Tern (R)

____ Caspian Tern (R)

____ Royal Tern (C)

____ Sandwich “Cayenne” Tern* (C)

____ Sandwich Tern (U)

____ Roseate Tern* (U)

__X__ Common Tern* (C)

__X__ Least Tern* (C)

____ Bridled Tern* (U)

____ Sooty Tern* (C)

____ Large-billed Tern (V)

____ Black Tern (R)

____ Brown Noddy* (C)

____ Black Noddy* (U)

 

Columbidae – Pigeons and Doves

___X_ Rock Dove (C)

 

__X__ Bare-eyed Pigeon (C)

__X__ Eared Dove (C)

____ Common Ground-Dove (C)

____ White-tipped Dove (U)

 

Psittacidae - Parrots

__X__ Brown-throated Parakeet (C)

 

Cuculidae – Cuckoos and Anis

____ Yellow-billed Cuckoo (U to C)

____ Mangrove Cuckoo (U)

____ Groove-billed Ani (U)

 

Strigidae – Typical Owls

____ Burrowing Owl (R)

 

Steatornithidae – Oilbirds

____ Oilbird (V)

 

Caprimulgidae - Goatsuckers

____ Common Nighthawk (R)

____ Chuck-will’s Widow (R)

____ White-tailed Nightjar* (R)

 

Apodidae - Swifts

__X__ Chimney Swift (V)

 

Trochilidae - Hummingbirds

____ White-necked Jacobin (V)

____ Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (U)

____ Blue-tailed Emerald (C)

 

Alcedinidae - Kingfishers

____ Amazon Kingfisher (V)

____ Ringed Kingfisher (V)

____ Belted Kingfisher (U)

 

Picidae – Woodpeckers

____ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (R)

 

Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers

____ Caribbean Elaenia (R?)

____ Small-billed Elaenia (V)

____ Scrub Flycatcher* (U)

____ Eastern Wood Pewee (R)

____ Vermilion Flycatcher (V)

____ Cattle Tyrant (V)

____ Brown-crested Flycatcher* (U)

____ Tropical Kingbird* (R)

____ Gray Kingbird (U)

____ Eastern Kingbird (R)

____ Fork-tailed Flycatcher (U)

 

Vireonidae - Vireos

____ Philadelphia Vireo (V)

____ Red-eyed Vireo (R)

____ Black-whiskered Vireo (R)

 

Hirundinidae – Martins and Swallows

____ Brown-chested Martin (R)

____ Purple Martin (R)

____ Caribbean Martin (R)

____ Bank Swallow (C)

____ Cliff Swallow (R)

____ Barn Swallow (C)

 

Mimidae – Mockingbirds and  Thrashers

__X__ Tropical Mockingbird* (C)

 

Sturnidae – Starlings

____ European Starling (V)

 

Bombycillidae - Waxwings

____ Cedar Waxwing (V)

 

Parulidae – Wood Warblers

____ Northern Parula (R)

____ Yellow Warbler* (C)

____ Chestnut-sided Warbler (R)

____ Magnolia Warbler (V)

____ Cape May Warbler (R)

____ Black-throated Blue Warbler (V)

____ Yellow-rumped Warbler (V)

____ Black-throated Green Warbler (V)

____ Blackburnian Warbler (R)

____ Prairie Warbler (V)

____ Palm Warbler (V)

____ Bay-breasted Warbler (R)

____ Blackpoll Warbler (C)

____ Black-and-white Warbler (U)

____ American Redstart (U)

____ Prothonotary Warbler (U)

____ Ovenbird (R)

____ Northern Waterthrush (C)

____ Louisiana Waterthrush (R)

____ Kentucky Warbler (R)

____ Connecticut Warbler (R)

____ Common Yellowthroat (R)

____ Hooded Warbler (U)

____ Canada Warbler (V)

 

Coeribidae - Bananaquit

__X__ Bananaquit* (C)

 

Thraupidae - Tanagers

____ Scarlet Tanager (U)

 

Emberizidae – Seedeaters and allies

__X__ Black-faced Grassquit* (C)

____ Saffron Finch* (C)

____ White-throated Sparrow (V)

____ Rufous-collared Sparrow* (U)

 

Cardinalidae – Grosbeaks and Buntings

____ Rose-breasted Grosbeak (U)

____ Indigo Bunting (R)

____ Dickcissel (U to C)

 

Icteridae - Blackbirds

____ Bobolink (C to U)

__X__ Carib Grackle* (C)

____ Shiny Cowbird (U)

____ Baltimore Oriole (R)

__X__ Troupial* (C)

____ Yellow Oriole* (U)

 

Passeridae – Old World Sparrows

____ House Sparrow* (U)

 

 

Other species

_____________________________________English  Sparrow _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Total Species: ___23________

 

Notes:

The Bubali Bird Sanctuary  has the potential to be a great birding location but the Observation Tower is need of repair… I hope to spend more time there next year