List of birds of Switzerland

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This is a list of the bird species recorded in Switzerland. The avifauna of Switzerland include a total of 420 species as of 2016 according to the Swiss Ornithological Institute (Schweizerische Vogelwarte).[1] Of them, 40 are considered irregular and 67 are considered accidental as defined below. Six 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 Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, 2018 edition.[2]

The following categories and statuses of occurrence are used by the Swiss Ornithological Institute. Species without letter tags are in Category A ("recorded in an apparently natural state at least once since 1 January 1950") and those without number tags are Status 1 ("recorded in at least 9 years out of 10 between 2005 and 2014").

  • (B) Category B - "Species that would otherwise be in category A but have been recorded only between 1800 and 1949"
  • (C) Category C - "Species...introduced by man, either deliberately or accidentally, [and] have established breeding populations"
  • (D) Category D - Species for which "there is reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state"
  • (2) Status 2, irregular - "species recorded more than 10 times and in more than 5 years between 1965 and 2014 but in fewer than 9 years out of 10 between 2005 and 2014"
  • (3) Status 3, accidental - "species recorded 1–10 times or in 1–5 years between 1965 and 2014, or for the first time after 2014"
  • (4) Status 4 - "Species recorded at least once but not since 1965"


Ducks, geese, and waterfowl[edit]

Order: Anseriformes   Family: Anatidae

Pheasants, grouse, and allies[edit]

Order: Galliformes   Family: Phasianidae

Flamingos[edit]

Order: Phoenicopteriformes   Family: Phoenicopteridae

Grebes[edit]

Order: Podicipediformes   Family: Podicipedidae

Pigeons and doves[edit]

Order: Columbiformes   Family: Columbidae

Sandgrouse[edit]

Order: Pterocliformes   Family: Pteroclidae

Bustards[edit]

Order: Otidiformes   Family: Otididae

Cuckoos[edit]

Order: Cuculiformes   Family: Cuculidae

Nightjars and allies[edit]

Order: Caprimulgiformes   Family: Caprimulgidae

Swifts[edit]

Order: Caprimulgiformes   Family: Apodidae

Rails, gallinules, and coots[edit]

Order: Gruiformes   Family: Rallidae

Cranes[edit]

Order: Gruiformes   Family: Gruidae

Thick-knees[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Burhinidae

Stilts and avocets[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Recurvirostridae

Oystercatchers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Haematopodidae

Plovers and lapwings[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Charadriidae

Sandpipers and allies[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Scolopacidae

Pratincoles and coursers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Glareolidae

Skuas and jaegers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Stercorariidae

Auks, murres, and puffins[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Alcidae

Gulls, terns, and skimmers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Laridae

Loons[edit]

Order: Gaviiformes   Family: Gaviidae

Northern storm-petrels[edit]

Order: Procellariiformes   Family: Hydrobatidae

Shearwaters and petrels[edit]

Order: Procellariiformes   Family: Procellariidae

Storks[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes   Family: Ciconiidae

Boobies and gannets[edit]

Order: Suliformes   Family: Sulidae

Cormorants and shags[edit]

Order: Suliformes   Family: Phalacrocoracidae

Pelicans[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Pelecanidae

Herons, egrets, and bitterns[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Ardeidae

Ibises and spoonbills[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Threskiornithidae

Osprey[edit]

Order: Accipitriformes   Family: Pandionidae

Hawks, eagles, and kites[edit]

Order: Accipitriformes   Family: Accipitridae

Barn-owls[edit]

Order: Strigiformes   Family: Tytonidae

Owls[edit]

Order: Strigiformes   Family: Strigidae

Hoopoes[edit]

Order: Bucerotiformes   Family: Upupidae

Kingfishers[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Alcedinidae

Bee-eaters[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Meropidae

Rollers[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Coraciidae

Woodpeckers[edit]

Order: Piciformes   Family: Picidae

Falcons[edit]

Order: Falconiformes   Family: Falconidae

Shrikes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Laniidae

Old World rioles[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Oriolidae

Crows, jays, and magpies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Corvidae

Bearded reedling[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Panuridae

Larks[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Alaudidae

Swallows and martins[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Hirundinidae

Tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Paridae

Penduline-tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Remizidae

Long-tailed tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Aegithalidae

Nuthatches[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Sittidae

Wallcreeper[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Tichodromidae

Treecreepers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Certhiidae

Wrens[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Troglodytidae

Dippers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Cinclidae

Kinglets[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Regulidae

Bush warblers and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Scotocercidae

Leaf warblers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Phylloscopidae

Reed warblers and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Acrocephalidae

Grassbirds and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Locustellidae

Cisticolas[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Cisticolidae

Sylviid warblers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Sylviidae

Old World flycatchers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Muscicapidae

Thrushes and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Turdidae

Starlings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Sturnidae

Accentors[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Prunellidae

Wagtails and pipits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Motacillidae

Waxwings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Bombycillidae

Finches and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Fringillidae

Longspurs and snow buntings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Calcariidae

Old World buntings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Emberizidae

New World sparrows[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Passerellidae

Old World sparrows[edit]

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Passeridae

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This species has been split by Clements. The Swiss Ornithological Institute list does not specify whether one or both of taiga bean-goose (Anser fabalis) and tundra bean-goose (A. serrirostris) has been recorded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Volet, Bernard (September 2016). "Checklist of the birds of Switzerland". Der Ornithologische Beobachter. 113 (3): 205–234.
  2. ^ Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/ Retrieved 14 August 2018

See also[edit]