List of birds of Greece

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This is a list of the bird species recorded in Greece. The avifauna of Greece includes a total of 442 species, of which four have not been recorded since 1950, and two have been introduced by humans.

This list's taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families, and species) and nomenclature (common and scientific names) follow the conventions of the Hellenic Ornithological Society (Ελληνική Ορνιθολογική Εταιρεία).

The following tags have been used to highlight certain relevant categories. The commonly occurring, native, species do not fall into any of these categories.

  • (A) Species that have occurred naturally in Greece since 1 January 1950. Species marked with a * are rare in Greece; reports of these 123 species require submission to the Hellenic Rarities Committee.
  • (B) Species which have not occurred in Greece since 1 January 1950.
  • (C) Species that do not occur naturally in Greece, although breeding populations have been introduced by man.


Table of contents

Non-passerines: Swans, Geese and Ducks . Grouse . Pheasants and Partridges . Divers . Grebes . Shearwaters and Petrels . Storm-petrels . Gannets . Cormorants . Pelicans . Bitterns, Herons and Egrets . Storks . Ibises and Spoonbills . Flamingos . Kites, Hawks and Eagles . Osprey . Falcons . Rails, Crakes, Gallinules, and Coots . Cranes . Bustards . Oystercatchers . Avocets and Stilts . Thick-knees . Pratincoles and Coursers . Plovers and Lapwings . Sandpipers and allies . Skuas . Gulls . Terns . Sandgrouse . Pigeons and Doves . Parrots . Cuckoos . Barn owls . Typical owls . Nightjars . Swifts . Kingfishers . Bee-eaters . Rollers . Hoopoes . Woodpeckers .

Passerines: Larks . Swallows and Martins . Pipits and Wagtails . Waxwings . Dippers . Wrens . Accentors . Thrushes and allies . Old World warblers . Old World flycatchers . Parrotbills . Long-tailed tits . Tits . Nuthatches . Wallcreeper . Treecreepers . Penduline tits . Old World Orioles . Shrikes . Magpies, Jays and Crows . Starlings . Sparrows . Finches . Buntings .

See also       References

Swans, Geese and Ducks[edit]

Order: Anseriformes. Family: Anatidae

Grouse[edit]

Order: Galliformes. Family: Tetraonidae

Pheasants and partridges[edit]

Order: Galliformes. Family: Phasianidae

Divers[edit]

Order: Gaviiformes. Family: Gaviidae

Grebes[edit]

Order: Podicipediformes. Family: Podicipedidae

Shearwaters and petrels[edit]

Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Procellariidae

Storm-petrels[edit]

Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Hydrobatidae

Gannets[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Sulidae

Cormorants[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Phalacrocoracidae

Pelicans[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Pelecanidae

Bitterns, herons and egrets[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Ardeidae

Storks[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Ciconiidae

Ibises and spoonbills[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Threskiornithidae

Flamingos[edit]

Order: Phoenicopteriformes. Family: Phoenicopteridae

Hawks, kites and eagles[edit]

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae

Osprey[edit]

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Pandionidae

Falcons[edit]

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Falconidae

Rails, crakes, gallinules, and coots[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Rallidae

Cranes[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Gruidae

Bustards[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Otididae

Oystercatchers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Haematopodidae

Avocets and stilts[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Recurvirostridae

Thick-knees[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Burhinidae

Pratincoles and coursers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Glareolidae

Plovers and lapwings[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Charadriidae

Sandpipers and allies[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Scolopacidae

Skuas[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Stercorariidae

Gulls[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Laridae

Terns[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Sternidae

Sandgrouse[edit]

Order: Pterocliformes. Family: Pteroclidae

Pigeons and doves[edit]

Order: Columbiformes. Family: Columbidae

Parrots[edit]

Order: Psittaciformes. Family: Psittacidae

Cuckoos[edit]

Order: Cuculiformes. Family: Cuculidae

Barn owls[edit]

Order: Strigiformes. Family: Tytonidae

Typical owls[edit]

Order: Strigiformes. Family: Strigidae

Nightjars[edit]

Order: Caprimulgiformes. Family: Caprimulgidae

Swifts[edit]

Order: Apodiformes. Family: Apodidae

Kingfishers[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Alcedinidae

Bee-eaters[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Meropidae

Rollers[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Coraciidae

Hoopoes[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Upupidae

Woodpeckers and allies[edit]

Order: Piciformes. Family: Picidae

Larks[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Alaudidae

Swallows and martins[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Hirundinidae

Pipits and Wagtails[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Motacillidae

Waxwings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Bombycillidae

Dippers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Cinclidae

Wrens[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Troglodytidae

Accentors[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Prunellidae

Thrushes and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Turdidae

Old World warblers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sylviidae

Old World flycatchers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Muscicapidae

Parrotbills[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Paradoxornithidae

Long-tailed tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Aegithalidae

Tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Paridae

Nuthatches[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sittidae

Wallcreeper[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Tichodromidae

Treecreepers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Certhiidae

Penduline tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Remizidae

Old World orioles[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Oriolidae

Shrikes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Laniidae

Magpies, Jays, Ravens and Crows[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Corvidae

Starlings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sturnidae

Sparrows[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Passeridae

Finches[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Fringillidae

Buntings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Emberizidae

See also[edit]

References[edit]