BIRDS OF NUNAVUT, CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF NUNAVUT

OISEAUX DE NUNAVUT

  Abundance Codes

D

Distribution range deducted from map, not actual record.

P

Present, abundance not determined.

C

Within its range, varying from common to occasional

O

Rare, wandered outside of its normal range but still may be expected from time to time. Between 10 - 100 records.

V

Vagrant, accidental, species far out of its normal distribution range. >10 records.

I

Introduced species.

Q

Not verified.

X

Extinct.

XL

Extinct in country

Status of Permanence Codes

R

Resident, present  year around.

N

Nests in the area but absent during part of the year.

M

Migrant, non-breeding. May spend a short period or the entire winter.

W

Wintering; stays in the area, while its primary nesting range is elsewhere.

E

National endemic.

*

National bird.

How to safe and print a list

Nunavut is home to an impressive number of species of birds that vary from residents, that stay all year around, to breeding birds, that spend a good part of the growing season in Nunavut to raise their young, migrants who pass through Nunavut with the seasons, to wintering birds who like to spend a good part of the winter in Nunavut to escape colder conditions up north. While many species of birds are relatively common as they are part of the ecosystems of the province, it is always a thrill to stumble upon a rare bird or vagrant, that does not really form part of any the Nunavut ecosystems. Maybe it got lost during its travels between its summer and winter residence or it got displaced by bad weather.

Among the species of the checklist of the birds of Nunavut you can find  waterfowl and wading birds, a large suite of songbirds, raptors, game birds, swifts and nighthawks, etc., many of which occupy several ecosystems simultaneously, as they fly to and from forests, meadows, shorelines of waters, cities and and urban green spaces. At Birdlist, we have developed a coding system that can help you predict when you may expect a certain species, with a code for seasonality, such as resident, nesting, wintering, etc. A code for abundance will give you a clue on the likelihood that you may actually see a certain species of bird. As we progressed with the coding, we realized that there should be a differentiation in the coding for "common", such as less common, common and very common birds. However, this would require reliable quantative data, which for most provinces, are not revealed by the commission of bird records. We hope to provide those in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the current checklist of the birds of Nunavut.

 

CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF NUNAVUT

OISEAUX DE NUNAVUT

Species full name

Birds

Oiseaux

CNV

Lagopus lagopus

Willow Ptarmigan

Lagopède des saules

CR

Lagopus mutus

Rock Ptarmigan

Lagopède alpin

CR

Colinus virginianus

Northern Bobwhite

Colin de Virginie

V

Cygnus buccinator

Trumpeter Swan

Cygne trompette

V

Cygnus columbianus

Tundra Swan

Cygne siffleur

W

Anser albifrons

Greater White-fronted Goose

Oie rieuse

M

Anser caerulescens

Snow Goose

Oie des neiges

M

Chen rossii

Ross's Goose

Oie de Ross

W

Branta canadensis

Canada Goose

Bernache du Canada

M

Branta bernicla

Brent Goose

Bernache cravant

M

Tadorna ferruginea

Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorne casarca

V

Anas americana

American Wigeon

Canard d'Amérique

O

Anas rubripes

American Black Duck

Canard noir

V

Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard

Canard colvert

M

Anas discors

Blue-winged Teal

Sarcelle à ailes bleues

V

Anas clypeata

Northern Shoveler

Canard souchet

V

Anas acuta

Northern Pintail

Canard pilet

W

Anas crecca

Common Teal

Sarcelle d'hiver

W

Aythya marila

Greater Scaup

Fuligule milouinan

W

Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup

Petit Fuligule

O

Somateria mollissima

Common Eider

Eider à duvet

V

Somateria spectabilis

King Eider

Eider à tête grise

N

Polysticta stelleri

Steller's Eider

Eider de Steller

O

Histrionicus histrionicus

Harlequin Duck

Arlequin plongeur

V

Clangula hyemalis

Long-tailed Duck

Harelde kakawi

M

Melanitta nigra

Black Scoter

Macreuse noire

W

Melanitta fusca

White-winged Scoter

Macreuse à ailes blanches

W

Bucephala albeola

Bufflehead

Petit Garrot

V

Mergus serrator

Red-breasted Merganser

Harle huppé

M

Mergus merganser

Common Merganser

Grand Harle

W

Megaceryle alcyon

Belted Kingfisher

Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique

V

Nyctea scandiaca

Snowy Owl

Harfang des neiges

M

Asio flammeus

Short-eared Owl

Hibou des marais

W

Columba livia

Rock Dove

Pigeon biset

V

Grus canadensis

Sandhill Crane

Grue du Canada

N

Grus americana

Whooping Crane

Grue blanche

V

Gallinago gallinago

Common Snipe

Bécassine des marais

O

Numenius phaeopus

Whimbrel

Courlis corlieu

W

Tringa melanoleuca

Greater Yellowlegs

Grand Chevalier

V

Tringa flavipes

Lesser Yellowlegs

Petit Chevalier

O

Tringa solitaria

Solitary Sandpiper

Chevalier solitaire

V

Actitis macularia

Spotted Sandpiper

Chevalier grivelé

V

Arenaria interpres

Ruddy Turnstone

Tournepierre à collier

W

Limnodromus griseus

Short-billed Dowitcher

Bécassin roux

V

Calidris canutus

Red Knot

Bécasseau maubèche

W

Calidris alba

Sanderling

Bécasseau sanderling

W

Calidris pusilla

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Bécasseau semipalmé

W

Calidris minutilla

Least Sandpiper

Bécasseau minuscule

W

Calidris fuscicollis

White-rumped Sandpiper

Bécasseau à croupion blanc

W

Calidris bairdii

Baird's Sandpiper

Bécasseau de Baird

W

Calidris melanotos

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée

W

Calidris maritima

Purple Sandpiper

Bécasseau violet

W

Calidris ptilocnemis

Rock Sandpiper

Bécasseau des Aléoutiennes

V

Calidris alpina

Dunlin

Bécasseau variable

W

Calidris himantopus

Stilt Sandpiper

Bécasseau à échasses

W

Tryngites subruficollis

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Bécasseau roussâtre

W

Philomachus pugnax

Ruff

Combattant varié

V

Phalaropus lobatus

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalarope à bec étroit

W

Phalaropus fulicaria

Red Phalarope

Phalarope à bec large

W

Pluvialis dominica

American Golden-Plover

Pluvier bronzé

W

Pluvialis squatarola

Grey Plover

Pluvier argenté

W

Charadrius hiaticula

Common Ringed Plover

Pluvier grand-gravelot

W

Charadrius semipalmatus

Semipalmated Plover

Pluvier semipalmé

W

Charadrius vociferus

Killdeer

Pluvier kildir

V

Stercorarius pomarinus

Pomarine Jaeger

Labbe pomarin

W

Stercorarius parasiticus

Parasitic Jaeger

Labbe parasite

W

Stercorarius longicaudus

Long-tailed Jaeger

Labbe à longue queue

W

Larus canus

Common Gull

Goéland cendré

V

Larus delawarensis

Ring-billed Gull

Goéland à bec cerclé

V

Larus californicus

California Gull

Goéland de Californie

O

Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull

Goéland marin

M

Larus livens

Yellow-footed Gull

Goéland de Cortez

M

Larus hyperboreus

Glaucous Gull

Goéland bourgmestre

N

Larus glaucoides

Iceland Gull

Goéland arctique

M

Larus argentatus

Herring Gull

Goéland argenté

N

Larus schistisagus

Slaty-backed Gull

Goéland à manteau ardoisé

V

Larus fuscus

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Goéland brun

V

Larus philadelphia

Bonaparte's Gull

Mouette de Bonaparte

V

Larus thayeri

Thayer's Gull

N

Larus minutus

Little Gull

Mouette pygmée

V

Pagophila eburnea

Ivory Gull

Mouette blanche

M

Rhodostethia rosea

Ross's Gull

Mouette rosée

O

Xema sabini

Sabine's Gull

Mouette de Sabine

W

Sterna hirundo

Common Tern

Sterne pierregarin

V

Sterna paradisaea

Arctic Tern

Sterne arctique

N

Alle alle

Dovekie

Mergule nain

W

Uria lomvia

Thick-billed Murre

Guillemot de Brünnich

M

Alca torda

Razorbill

Petit Pingouin

O

Cepphus grylle

Black Guillemot

Guillemot à miroir

M

Fratercula arctica

Atlantic Puffin

Macareux moine

O

Pandion haliaetus

Osprey

Balbuzard pêcheur

V

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald Eagle

Pygargue à tête blanche

O

Circus cyaneus

Northern Harrier

Busard Saint-Martin

W

Accipiter striatus

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Épervier brun

V

Accipiter gentilis

Northern Goshawk

Autour des palombes

V

Buteo lagopus

Rough-legged Hawk

Buse pattue

N

Aquila chrysaetos

Golden Eagle

Aigle royal

M

Falco columbarius

Merlin

Faucon émerillon

V

Falco rusticolus

Gyrfalcon

Faucon gerfaut

M

Falco peregrinus

Peregrine Falcon

Faucon pèlerin

N

Morus bassanus

Northern Gannet

Fou de Bassan

V

Phalacrocorax auritus

Double-crested Cormorant

Cormoran à aigrettes

V

Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron

Grand Héron

V

Gavia stellata

Red-throated Loon

Plongeon catmarin

W

Gavia pacifica

Pacific Loon

Plongeon du Pacifique

W

Gavia immer

Common Loon

Plongeon huard

W

Gavia adamsii

Yellow-billed Loon

Plongeon à bec blanc

W

Fulmarus glacialis

Northern Fulmar

Fulmar boréal

M

Puffinus gravis

Great Shearwater

Puffin majeur

O

Puffinus griseus

Sooty Shearwater

Puffin fuligineux

V

Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Leach's Storm-Petrel

Océanite cul-blanc

V

Sayornis phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Moucherolle phébi

V

Tyrannus savana

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyran des savanes

V

Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird

Tyran tritri

V

Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jay

Geai bleu

V

Perisoreus canadensis

Grey Jay

Mésangeai du Canada

V

Corvus brachyrhynchos

American Crow

Corneille d'Amérique

V

Corvus corax

Common Raven

Grand Corbeau

C

Zoothera naevia

Varied Thrush

Grive à collier

O

Sialia sialis

Eastern Bluebird

Merlebleu de l'Est

V

Sialia currucoides

Mountain Bluebird

Merlebleu azuré

V

Catharus minimus

Grey-cheeked Thrush

Grive à joues grises

O

Catharus guttatus

Hermit Thrush

Grive solitaire

V

Turdus migratorius

American Robin

Merle d'Amérique

W

Oenanthe oenanthe

Northern Wheatear

Traquet motteux

W

Toxostoma rufum

Brown Thrasher

Moqueur roux

V

Poecile atricapillus

Black-capped Chickadee

Mésange à tête noire

V

Tachycineta bicolor

Tree Swallow

Hirondelle bicolore

O

Tachycineta thalassina

Violet-green Swallow

Hirondelle à face blanche

V

Hirundo rustica

Barn Swallow

Hirondelle rustique

V

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Cliff Swallow

Hirondelle à front blanc

O

Regulus calendula

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Roitelet à couronne rubis

V

Eremophila alpestris

Horned Lark

Alouette hausse-col

W

Passer domesticus

House Sparrow

Moineau domestique

V

Anthus rubescens

American Pipit

Pipit d'Amérique

W

Carduelis pinus

Pine Siskin

Tarin des pins

O

Carduelis tristis

American Goldfinch

Chardonneret jaune

V

Carduelis hornemanni

Hoary Redpoll

Sizerin blanchâtre

M

Carduelis flammea

Common Redpoll

Sizerin flammé

W

Loxia leucoptera

White-winged Crossbill

Bec-croisé bifascié

V

Calcarius lapponicus

Lapland Longspur

Bruant lapon

W

Calcarius pictus

Smith's Longspur

Bruant de Smith

V

Plectrophenax nivalis

Snow Bunting

Bruant des neiges

N

Passerella iliaca

Fox Sparrow

Bruant fauve

V

Melospiza melodia

Song Sparrow

Bruant chanteur

V

Melospiza lincolnii

Lincoln's Sparrow

Bruant de Lincoln

V

Melospiza georgiana

Swamp Sparrow

Bruant des marais

V

Zonotrichia querula

Harris's Sparrow

Bruant à face noire

M

Zonotrichia albicollis

White-throated Sparrow

Bruant à gorge blanche

O

Zonotrichia leucophrys

White-crowned Sparrow

Bruant à couronne blanche

W

Junco hyemalis

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco ardoisé

M

Passerculus sandwichensis

Savannah Sparrow

Bruant des prés

W

Spizella arborea

American Tree Sparrow

Bruant hudsonien

M

Spizella passerina

Chipping Sparrow

Bruant familier

V

Dendroica petechia

Yellow Warbler

Paruline jaune

O

Dendroica coronata

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Paruline à croupion jaune

V

Dendroica palmarum

Palm Warbler

Paruline à couronne rousse

V

Dendroica striata

Blackpoll Warbler

Paruline rayée

V

Wilsonia pusilla

Wilson's Warbler

Paruline à calotte noire

V

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Carouge à tête jaune

O

Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird

Carouge à épaulettes

V

Euphagus carolinus

Rusty Blackbird

Quiscale rouilleux

O

Molothrus ater

Brown-headed Cowbird

Vacher à tête brune

V

Contopus cooperi

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Moucherolle à côtés olive

V



Birds of NUNAVUT, a checklist of the birds of NUNAVUT. Oiseaux de NUNAVUT. The information from BIRDLIST is based on research from from literature, the official national checklists of the birds, information from birdwatchers and extrapolation of our own data. On this checklist of the birds of NUNAVUT the presence and abundance of each bird is coded with our standardized system.