List of North American birds
This list is based on the North American Checklist of the American Ornithologists Union supplemented by checklists from Panama, Greenland, Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago. It includes the birds of Greenland, Canada, the United States (excluding Hawaii), Mexico, Central America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Islands. It does include the offshore islands of Colombia and Venezuela.
The taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families, and species) and nomenclature (common and scientific names) used in the accompanying bird lists adhere to the conventions of the AOU's (1998) Check-list of North American birds, the recognized scientific authority on the taxonomy and nomenclature of North America birds. The AOU's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature, the body responsible for maintaining and updating the Check-list, "strongly and unanimously continues to endorse the biological species concept (BSC), in which species are considered to be genetically cohesive groups of populations that are reproductively isolated from other such groups" (AOU 1998). See Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy for an alternative phylogenetic arrangement based on DNA-DNA hybridization.
Unless otherwise noted, all species listed below are considered to occur regularly in North America as permanent residents, summer or winter residents or visitors, or migrants. The following codes are used to denote certain categories of species:
- (A) = Accidental occurrence based on one or two (rarely more) records, and unlikely to occur regularly.
- (C) = Casual occurrence based on two or a few records, with subsequent records not improbable.
- (E) = Extinct; a recent member of the avifauna that no longer exists.
- (Ex) = Extirpated; no longer occurs in area of interest, but other populations still exist elsewhere.
- (I) = Introduced population established solely as result of direct or indirect human intervention; synonymous with non-native and non-indigenous.
Conservation status - IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:
- EX - Extinct, EW - Extinct in the Wild
- CR - Critically Endangered, EN - Endangered, VU - Vulnerable
- NT - Near Threatened, LC - Least Concern
- DD - Data Deficient, NE - Not Evaluated
- (v. 2012.1, the data is current as of June 19, 2012)
- E - endangered, T - threatened
- XN, XE - experimental non essential or essential population
- E(S/A), T(S/A) - endangered or threatened due to similarity of appearance
- (including taxa not necessarily found in the USA, the data is current as of June 8, 2012)
- List of birds of Canada and the United States
- List of mammals of North America
- List of North American reptiles
- List of North American Amphibians
- List of U.S. state mammals
- List of U.S. state birds
- U.S. state reptiles
- List of U.S. state amphibians
- "Check-list of North American Birds, seventh edition". The American Ornitologists' Union. Retrieved 16 June 2012. "the official source on the taxonomy of birds found in North and Middle America"
- Clements, James F. (2000 (supplements up to July, 2005)). Birds of the World: A Checklist (fifth and supplements ed.). Vista, California: Ibis Publishing. ISBN 0-934797-16-1.
- "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries, § 17.11 Endangered and threatened wildlife.". US Government Printing Office. Retrieved 16 June 2012.