Harbour List


To date, 324 species of bird have been recorded in Christchurch Harbour with one more, Elegant Tern in May 2005, pending acceptance with the BBRC.


Systematic List

Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Little Shearwater
European Storm-petrel
Leach's Storm-petrel
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
European Shag
Great Bittern
Black-crowned Night Heron
Squacco Heron
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great Egret
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
White Stork
Glossy Ibis
Eurasian Spoonbill
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Whooper Swan
Pink-footed Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Common Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Eurasian Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Common Pochard
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
European Honey Buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
Eurasian Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Osprey
Common Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Eurasian Hobby
Peregrine
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Common Quail
Common Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Little Crake
Corncrake
Common Moorhen
Coot
Common Crane
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Pied Avocet
Stone-curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
European Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Northern Lapwing
Red Knot
Sanderling
Little Stint
Temminck's Stint
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Common Snipe
Dowitcher sp.
Eurasian Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Spotted Redshank
Common Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Mediterranean Gull
Little Gull
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Black-headed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Ross's Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Lesser Crested Tern
Sandwich Tern
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Little Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern
Common Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Atlantic Puffin
Stock Dove
Common Wood Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
European Turtle Dove
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Common Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
European Nightjar
Common Swift
Pallid Swift
Alpine Swift
Little Swift
Common Kingfisher
Hoopoe
Bee-eater
Eurasian Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Greater Short-toed Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Horned Lark
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
House Martin
Richard's Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
White/Pied Wagtail
Bohemian Waxwing
Winter Wren
Hedge Accentor
European Robin
Rufous Nightingale
Bluethroat
Black Redstart
Common Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Northern Wheatear
Ring Ousel
Common Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Cetti's Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
Common Grasshopper Warbler
Savi's Warbler
Aquatic Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Eurasian Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Barred Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Common Whitethroat
Garden Warbler
Blackcap
Greenish Warbler
Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Radde's Warbler
Western Bonelli's Warbler
Wood Warbler
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Eurasian Treecreeper
Eurasian Penduline Tit
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Isabelline Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Eurasian Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Eurasian Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Common Raven
Common Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
House Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Red-eyed Vireo
Chaffinch
Brambling
European Serin
European Greenfinch
European Goldfinch
Eurasian Siskin
Common Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Common Rosefinch
Common Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Northern Parula
Bobolink
Lapland Bunting
Snow Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Rustic Bunting
Little Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Gavia stellata
Gavia arctica
Gavia immer
Tachybaptus ruficollis
Podiceps cristatus
Podiceps grisegena
Podiceps auritus
Podiceps nigricollis
Fulmarus glacialis
Calonectris diomedea
Puffinus griseus
Puffinus puffinus
Puffinus mauretanicus
Puffinus assimilis
Hydrobates pelagicus
Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Morus bassanus
Phalacrocorax carbo
Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Botaurus stellaris
Nycticorax nycticorax
Ardeola ralloides
Bubulcus ibis
Egretta garzetta
Ardea alba
Ardea cinerea
Ardea purpurea
Ciconia ciconia
Plegadis falcinellus
Platalea leucorodia
Cygnus olor
Cygnus columbianus
Cygnus cygnus
Anser brachyrhynchus
Anser albifrons
Anser anser
Branta canadensis
Branta leucopsis
Branta bernicla
Branta ruficollis
Alopochen aegyptiacus
Tadorna ferruginea
Tadorna tadorna
Aix galericulata
Anas penelope
Anas americana
Anas strepera
Anas crecca
Anas carolinensis
Anas platyrhynchos
Anas acuta
Anas querquedula
Anas discors
Anas clyptea
Netta rufina
Aythya ferina
Aythya nyroca
Aythya fuligula
Aythya marila
Aythya collaris
Somateria mollissima
Clangula hyemalis
Melanitta nigra
Melanitta perspicillata
Melanitta fusca
Bucephala clangula
Mergellus albellus
Mergus serrator
Mergus merganser
Oxyura jamaicensis
Pernis apivorus
Milvus migrans
Milvus milvus
Circus aeruginosus
Circus cyaneus
Circus pygargus
Accipiter gentilis
Accipiter nisus
Buteo buteo
Buteo lagopus
Pandion haliaetus
Falco tinnunculus
Falco vespertinus
Falco columbarius
Falco subbuteo
Falco peregrinus
Alectoris rufa
Perdix perdix
Coturnix coturnix
Phasianus colchicus
Chrysolophus pictus
Rallus aquaticus
Porzana porzana
Porzana parva
Crex crex
Gallinula chloropus
Fulica atra
Grus grus
Haematopus ostralegus
Himantopus himantopus
Recurvirostra avosetta
Burhinus oedicnemus
Charadrius dubius
Charadrius hiaticula
Charadrius alexandrinus
Charadrius morinellus
Pluvialis dominica
Pluvialis fulva
Pluvialis apricaria
Pluvialis squatarola
Vanellus vanellus
Calidris canutus
Calidris alba
Calidris minuta
Calidris temminckii
Calidris bairdii
Calidris melanotos
Calidris ferruginea
Calidris maritima
Calidris alpina
Limicola falcinellus
Tryngites subruficollis
Philomachus pugnax
Lymnocryptes minimus
Gallinago gallinago
Limnodromus sp.
Scolopax rusticola
Limosa limosa
Limosa lapponica
Numenius phaeopus
Numenius arquata
Tringa erythropus
Tringa totanus
Tringa stagnatalis
Tringa nebularia
Tringa flavipes
Tringa ochropus
Tringa glareola
Xenus cinereus
Actitis hypoleucos
Actitis macularia
Arenaria interpres
Phalaropus lobatus
Phalaropus fulicarius
Phalaropus tricolor
Stercorarius pomarinus
Stercorarius parasiticus
Stercorarius longicaudus
Catharacta skua
Larus melanocephalus
Larus minutus
Larus sabini
Larus philadelphia
Larus ridibundus
Larus delawarensis
Larus canus
Larus fuscus
Larus argentatus
Larus michahellis
Larus glaucoides
Larus hyperboreus
Larus marinus
Rhodostethia rosea
Rissa tridactyla
Sterna nilotica
Sterna caspia
Sterna bengalensis
Sterna sandvicensis
Sterna dougallii
Sterna hirundo
Sterna paradisaea
Sterna albifrons
Chlidonias hybridus
Chlidonias niger
Chlidonias leucopterus
Uria aalge
Alca torda
Cepphus grylle
Alle alle
Fratercula arctica
Colomba oenas
Colomba palumbus
Streptopelia decaocta
Streptopelia turtur
Psittacula krameri
Clamator glandarius
Cuculus canorus
Tyto alba
Athene noctua
Strix aluco
Asio otus
Asio flammeus
Caprimulgus europaeus
Apus apus
Apus pallidus
Apus melba
Apus affinis
Alcedo atthis
Upupa epops
Merops apiaster
Jynx torquilla
Picus viridis
Dendrocopos major
Dendrocopos minor
Calandrella brachydactyla
Lullula arborea
Alauda arvensis
Eremophila alpestris
Riparia riparia
Hirundo rustica
Hirundo daurica
Delichon urbica
Anthus novaeseelandiae
Anthus campestris
Anthus trivialis
Anthus pratensis
Anthus cervinus
Anthus petrosus
Anthus spinoletta
Motacilla flava
Motacilla citreola
Motacilla cinerea
Motacilla alba
Bombycilla garrulus
Troglodytes troglodytes
Prunella modularis
Erithacus rubecula
Luscinia megarhynchos
Luscinia svecica
Phoenicurus ochrurus
Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Saxicola rubetra
Saxicola torquata
Oenanthe oenanthe
Turdus torquatus
Turdus merula
Turdus pilaris
Turdus philomelos
Turdus iliacus
Turdus viscivorus
Cettia cetti
Cisticola juncidis
Locustella naevia
Locustella luscinioides
Acrocephalus paludicola
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Acrocephalus palustris
Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Hippolais icterina
Hippolais polyglotta
Sylvia undata
Sylvia cantillans
Sylvia nisoria
Sylvia curruca
Sylvia communis
Sylvia borin
Sylvia atricapilla
Phylloscopus trochiloides
Phylloscopus proregulus
Phylloscopus inornatus
Phylloscopus fuscatus
Phylloscopus schwarzi
Phylloscopus bonelli
Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Phylloscopus collybita
Phylloscopus trochilus
Regulus regulus
Regulus ignicapillus
Muscicapa striata
Ficedula parva
Ficedula hypoleuca
Panurus biarmicus
Aegithalos caudatus
Parus palustris
Parus montanus
Parus ater
Parus caeruleus
Parus major
Sitta europaea
Certhia familiaris
Remiz pendulinus
Oriolus oriolus
Lanius collurio
Lanius isabellinus
Lanius excubitor
Lanius senator
Garrulus glandarius
Pica pica
Corvus monedula
Corvus frugilegus
Corvus corone
Corvus cornix
Corvus corax
Sturnus vulgaris
Pastor roseus
Passer domesticus
Passer montanus
Vireo olivaceus
Fringilla coelebs
Fringilla montifringilla
Serinus serinus
Carduelis chloris
Carduelis carduelis
Carduelis spinus
Carduelis cannabina
Carduelis flavirostris
Carduelis cabaret
Carduelis flammea
Loxia curvirostra
Carpodacus erythrinus
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Parula americana
Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Calcarius lapponicus
Plectrophenax nivalis
Emberiza citrinella
Emberiza cirlus
Emberiza hortulana
Emberiza rustica
Emberiza pusilla
Emberiza schoeniclus
Miliaria calandra