List of birds of Andorra
This list's taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families, and species) and nomenclature (common and scientific names) follow the conventions of Clements's 5th edition. The family accounts at the beginning of each heading reflects this taxonomy, as do the species counts found in each family account. Introduced and accidental species are included in the total counts for Andorra.
The following tags have been used to highlight certain relevant categories. Not all species fall into one of these categories. Those that do not are commonly occurring, native species.
- (A) Accidental A species that rarely or accidentally occurs in Andorra.
- (I) Introduced A species introduced to Andorra as a consequence, direct or indirect, of human actions.
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Non-passerines: Grebes . Cormorants . Bitterns, herons and egrets . Storks . Ducks, geese and swans . Osprey . Hawks, kites and eagles . Caracaras and falcons . Grouse . Pheasants and partridges . Cranes . Plovers and lapwings . Sandpipers and allies . Gulls . Pigeons and doves . Cuckoos and anis . Barn owls . Typical owls . Nightjars . Swifts . Kingfishers . Bee-eaters . Typical Rollers . Hoopoes . Woodpeckers and allies .
Passerines: Larks . Swallows and martins . Wagtails and pipits . Kinglets . Dippers . Wrens . Accentors . Thrushes and allies . Old World warblers . Old World flycatchers . Long-tailed tits . Chickadees and titmice . Nuthatches . Wallcreeper . Treecreepers . Old World Orioles . Shrikes . Crows, jays, ravens and magpies . Starlings . Buntings, sparrows, seedeaters and allies . Siskins, crossbills and allies . Sparrows .
Grebes are small to medium-large sized freshwater diving birds. They have lobed toes, and are excellent swimmers and divers. However, they have their feet placed far back on the body, making them quite ungainly on land. There are 20 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis (A)
The Phalacrocoracidae is a family of medium-to-large coastal, fish-eating sea-birds that includes cormorants and shags. Plumage colouration varies with the majority having mainly dark plumage, some species being black and white, and a few being colourful. There are 38 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Bitterns, herons and egrets
The family Ardeidae contains the bitterns, herons and egrets. Herons and egrets are medium to large sized wading birds with long necks and legs. Bitterns tend to be shorter necked and more wary. Unlike other long-necked birds suck as storks, ibises and spoonbills, members of Ardeidae fly with their necks retracted. There are 61 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Gray Heron Ardea cinerea
Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked, wading birds with long, stout bills. Storks are mute; bill-clattering is an important mode of stork communication at the nest. Their nests can be large and may be reused for many years. Many species are migratory. There are 19 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Ducks, geese and swans
The family Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans. These are birds that are modified for an aquatic existence with webbed feet, flattened bills and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to an oily coating. There are 131 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Andorra.
The Pandionidae family contains only one species, the Osprey. The Osprey is a medium large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution.
- Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Hawks, kites and eagles
Accipitridae is a family of birds of prey and include hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures. These birds have powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, powerful talons, and keen eyesight. There are 233 species worldwide and 14 species which occur in Andorra.
- European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus
- Red Kite Milvus milvus
- Black Kite Milvus migrans
- Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus
- Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus (A)
- Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus
- Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus
- Western Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus
- Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus
- Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
- Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
- Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo
- Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
- Booted Eagle Aquila pennatus
Caracaras and falcons
Falconidae is a family of diurnal birds of prey. They differ from hawks, eagles, and kites in that they kill with their beaks instead of their feet. There are 62 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Andorra.
- Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
- Merlin Falco columbarius
- Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
- Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Grouse are game birds, similar to quails and partridge. There are 18 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Andorra.
Pheasants and partridges
The Phasianidae are a family of terrestrial birds which consists of quails, partridges, snowcocks, francolins, spurfowls, tragopans, monals, pheasants, peafowls and jungle fowls. In general, they are plump (although they may vary in size) and have broad, relatively short wings. There are 156 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Andorra.
- Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
- Gray Partridge Perdix perdix
- Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
- Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus (I)
Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Most have elaborate and noisy courting displays or "dances". There are 15 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Common Crane Grus grus
Plovers and lapwings
The family Charadriidae includes the plovers, dotterels, and lapwings. They are small to medium-sized birds with compact bodies, short, thick necks and long, usually pointed, wings. They are found in open country worldwide, mostly in habitats near water, although there are some exceptions. There are 66 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Andorra.
Sandpipers and allies
The Scolopacidae are a large diverse family of small to medium sized shorebirds including the sandpipers, curlews, godwits, shanks, tattlers, woodcocks, snipes, dowitchers and phalaropes. The majority of species eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or soil. Variation in length of legs and bills enable different species to feed in the same habitat, particularly on the coast, without direct competition for food. There are 89 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Andorra.
Laridae is a family of medium to large birds seabirds and includes gulls and kittiwakes. They are typically grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They have stout, longish bills and webbed feet. There are 55 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Pigeons and doves
- Rock Pigeon Columba livia
- Stock Dove Columba oenas
- Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
- European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur (A)
- Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto (A)
Cuckoos and anis
The family Cuculidae includes cuckoos, roadrunners and anis. These birds are of variable size with slender bodies, long tails and strong legs. Unlike the cuckoo species of the Old World, North American cuckoos are not brood parasites. There are 138 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Barn owls are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long strong legs with powerful talons. There are 16 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Barn Owl Tyto alba
Typical owls are small to large solitary nocturnal birds of prey. They have large forward-facing eyes and ears, a hawk-like beak, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye called a facial disk. There are 195 species worldwide and 7 species which occur in Andorra.
- European Scops-Owl Otus scops
- Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo
- Tawny Owl Strix aluco
- Little Owl Athene noctua (A)
- Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus
- Long-eared Owl Asio otus
- Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds with long wings, short legs and very short bills that usually nest on the ground. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and long pointed wings. Their soft plumage is camouflaged to resemble bark or leaves. There are 86 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
Swifts are small aerial birds, spending the majority of their lives flying. These birds have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, perching instead only on vertical surfaces. Many swifts have long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. There are 98 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Andorra.
Kingfishers are medium-sized birds with large heads, long, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. There are 93 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. All are colorful and have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar. There are 26 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Rollers resemble crows in size and build, but are more closely related to the kingfishers and bee-eaters. They share the colourful appearance of those groups with blues and browns predominating. The two inner front toes are connected, but the outer toe is not. There are 12 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- European Roller Coracias garrulus
Hoopoes have black, white and orangey-pink colouring with a large erectile crest on their head. There are 2 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Hoopoe Upupa epops
Woodpeckers and allies
Woodpeckers are small to medium-sized birds with chisel-like beaks, short legs, stiff tails and long tongues used for capturing insects. Some species have feet with two toes pointing forward, and two backward, while several species have only three toes. Many woodpeckers have the habit of tapping noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. There are 218 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in Andorra.
- Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla
- Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor
- Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
- Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius
- European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
Larks are small terrestrial birds with often extravagant songs and display flights. Most larks are fairly dull in appearance. Their food is insects and seeds. There are 91 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Andorra.
- Crested Lark Galerida cristata
- Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
- Wood Lark Lullula arborea
- Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
Swallows and martins
The Hirundinidae family is a group of passerines characterized by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Their adaptations include a slender streamlined body, long pointed wings and short bills with wide gape. The feet are designed for perching rather than walking, and the front toes are partially joined at the base. There are 75 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Andorra.
- Sand Martin Riparia riparia
- Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
- Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
- Common House Martin Delichon urbica
Wagtails and pipits
The Motacillidae are a family of small passerine birds with medium to long tails. They include the wagtails, longclaws and pipits. They are slender, ground feeding insectivores of open country. There are 54 species worldwide and 7 species which occur in Andorra.
- White Wagtail Motacilla alba
- Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
- Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
- Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
- Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
- Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
- Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
The kinglets or crests are a small group of birds often included in the Old World warblers, but frequently given family status because they also resemble the titmice. There are 7 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Andorra.
Dippers are a group of perching birds whose habitat includes aquatic environments in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. They are named for their bobbing or dipping movements. There are 5 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus
The wrens are mainly small and inconspicuous except for their loud songs. These birds have short wings and a thin down-turned bill. Several species often hold their tails upright. All are insectivorous. There are 80 species worldwide (of which all but one are New World species) and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
The accentors are in the only bird family, Prunellidae, which is completely endemic to the Palearctic. They are small, fairly drab species superficially similar to sparrows. There are 13 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Andorra.
Thrushes and allies
The thrushes are a group of passerine birds that occur mainly in the Old World. They are plump, soft plumaged, small to medium-sized insectivores or sometimes omnivores, often feeding on the ground. Many have attractive songs. There are 335 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Andorra.
- Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
- Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
- Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
- Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
- Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
- Redwing Turdus iliacus
- Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
- Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
Old World warblers
The family Sylviidae is a group of small insectivorous passerine birds. The Sylviidae mainly occur as breeding species, as the common name implies, in Europe, Asia and, to a lesser extent Africa. Most are of generally undistinguished appearance, but many have distinctive songs. There are 291 species worldwide and 13 species which occur in Andorra.
- Eurasian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus (A)
- Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
- Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
- Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
- Western Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli
- Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
- Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
- Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
- Greater Whitethroat Sylvia communis
- Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis
- Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
- Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala (A)
- Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
Old World flycatchers
Old World flycatchers are a large group of small passerine birds native to the Old World. They are mainly small arboreal insectivores. The appearance of these birds is very varied, but they mostly have weak songs and harsh calls. There 274 species worldwide and 10 species which occur in Andorra.
- Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
- European Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
- European Robin Erithacus rubecula
- Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
- Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
- Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
- Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
- European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
- Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
- Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica
Long-tailed tits are a group of small passerine birds with medium to long tails. They make woven bag nests in trees. Most eat a mixed diet that includes insects. There are 9 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Chickadees and titmice
The Paridae are mainly small stocky woodland species with short stout bills. Some have crests. They are adaptable birds, with a mixed diet including seeds and insects. There are species 59 worldwide and 5 species which occur in Andorra.
- Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
- Coal Tit Periparus ater
- Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus
- Great Tit Parus major
- Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Nuthatches are small woodland birds. They have the unusual ability to climb down trees head first, unlike other birds which can only go upwards. Nuthatches have big heads, short tails and powerful bills and feet. There are 24 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
The Wallcreeper is a small bird with stunning crimson, grey and black plumage, related to the nuthatch family.
- Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria
Treecreepers are small woodland birds, brown above and white below. They have thin pointed down-curved bills, which they use to extricate insects from bark. They have stiff tail feathers, like woodpeckers, which they use to support themselves on vertical trees. There are 6 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Andorra.
Old World orioles
The Old World Orioles are colourful passerine birds. They are not related to the New World orioles. There are 29 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Shrikes are passerine birds known for their habit of catching other birds and small animals and impaling the uneaten portions of their bodies on thorns. A typical shrike's beak is hooked, like a bird of prey. There are 31 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Andorra.
- Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
- Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
- Southern Gray Shrike Lanius meridionalis (A)
- Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Crows, jays, ravens and magpies
The Corvidae family includes crows, ravens, jays, choughs, magpies, treepies, nutcrackers, and ground jays. Corvids are above average in size for the bird order Passeriformes. Some of the larger species show high levels of learning behavior. There are 120 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Andorra.
- Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
- Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
- Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
- Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
- Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula (A)
- Rook Corvus frugilegus
- Carrion Crow Corvus corone
- Common Raven Corvus corax
Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country. They eat insects and fruit. Plumage is typically dark with a metallic sheen. There are 125 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Andorra.
- European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Buntings, sparrows, seedeaters and allies
The emberizids are a large family of passerine birds. They are seed-eating birds with a distinctively shaped bill. In Europe, most species are named as buntings. In North America, most of the species in this family are known as Sparrows, but these birds are not closely related to the Old World sparrows which are in the family Passeridae. Many emberizid species have distinctive head patterns. There are species 275 worldwide and 5 species which occur in Andorra.
- Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
- Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
- Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
- Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
- Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
Siskins, crossbills and allies
Finches are seed-eating passerine birds, that are small to moderately large and have a strong beak, usually conical and in some species very large. All have 12 tail feathers and 9 primaries. These birds have a bouncing flight with alternating bouts of flapping and gliding on closed wings, and most sing well. There are 137 species worldwide and 11 species which occur in Andorra.
- Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
- Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
- Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
- European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
- Eurasian Siskin Carduelis spinus
- European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
- Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina
- European Serin Serinus serinus
- Citril Finch Serinus citrinella
- Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
- Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Sparrows are small passerine birds. In general, sparrows tend to be small, plump, brown or grey birds with short tails and short powerful beaks. Sparrows are seed-eaters, and they also consume small insects. There are 35 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Andorra.
- House Sparrow Passer domesticus
- Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
- Rock Petronia Petronia petronia
- White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis