List of birds of Asia

The birds of Asia are diverse.

The taxonomy of this list adheres to James Clements' Birds of the World: A Checklist, 6th edition. Taxonomic changes are on-going. As more research is gathered from studies of distribution, behaviour, and DNA, the order and number of families and species may change. Furthermore, different approaches to ornithological nomenclature have led to concurrent systems of classification (see Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy).

The area covered by this list corresponds with the Asian listing area as defined by the American Birding Association[1]. The area includes Russia east of the Ural River and Ural Mountains and the Russian Arctic islands east of but not including Novaya Zemlya, as well as Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey (except for the portion north of the Bosporus, Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles) and Cyprus. The area is separated from Africa by the Suez Canal. In the Indian Ocean it includes Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep (the Laccadive Islands), the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but does not include Socotra (Africa), the Maldives, the Chagos Archipelago and Christmas Island (all Indian Ocean). It includes the Russian islands in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. Japan, the Izu Islands (except Nampo Shoto and the Daitō Islands), the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and most of Indonesia. In Indonesia, the dividing line between Asia and Australasia runs through the Banda and Molucca Seas with Sulawesi, Banggai and Talaud on the Asian side, and the islands of Kai, Ceram, Buru, the Sula Group and Morotai on the Australasian side.

Ostriches

Cassowaries

Loons

Order: Gaviiformes   Family: Gaviidae

Grebes

Order: Podicipediformes   Family: Podicipedidae

Albatrosses

Order: Procellariiformes   Family: Diomedeidae

Shearwaters and petrels

Order: Procellariiformes   Family: Procellariidae

Austral storm petrels

Order: Procellariiformes   Family: Oceanitidae

Northern storm petrels

Order: Procellariiformes   Family: Hydrobatidae

Tropicbirds

Order: Phaethontiformes   Family: Phaethontidae

Gannets and boobies

Order: Suliformes   Family: Sulidae

Cormorants

Order: Suliformes   Family: Phalacrocoracidae

Darter

Order: Suliformes   Family: Anhingidae

Frigatebirds

Order: Suliformes   Family: Fregatidae

Pelicans

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Pelecanidae

Herons, egrets and bitterns

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Ardeidae

Hamerkop

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Scopidae

Ibises and spoonbills

Order: Pelecaniformes   Family: Threskiornithidae

Storks

Order: Ciconiiformes   Family: Ciconiidae

Flamingos

Order: Phoenicopteriformes   Family: Phoenicopteridae

Ducks, geese and swans

Order: Anseriformes   Family: Anatidae

Magpie goose

Osprey

Order: Accipitriformes   Family: Pandionidae

Hawks, eagles and kites

Order: Accipitriformes   Family: Accipitridae

Falcons

Order: Falconiformes   Family: Falconidae

Megapodes

Order: Galliformes   Family: Megapodiidae

Grouse

Order: Galliformes   Family: Tetraonidae

Pheasants and partridges

Order: Galliformes   Family: Phasianidae

Guineafowl

Order: Galliformes   Family: Numididae

Cranes

Order: Gruiformes   Family: Gruidae

Rails, gallinules and coots

Order: Gruiformes   Family: Rallidae

Finfoot

Order: Gruiformes   Family: Heliornithidae

Bustards

Order: Otidiformes   Family: Otididae

Buttonquails

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Turnicidae

Jacanas

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Jacanidae

Painted-snipe

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Rostratulidae

Crab-plover

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Dromadidae

Oystercatchers

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Haematopodidae

Ibisbill

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Ibidorhynchidae

Avocets and stilts

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Recurvirostridae

Stone-curlews

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Burhinidae

Pratincoles and coursers

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Glareolidae

Lapwings and plovers

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Charadriidae

Sandpipers

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Scolopacidae

Skuas and jaegers

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Stercorariidae

Gulls, terns, and skimmers

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Laridae

Auks, murres and puffins

Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Alcidae

Sandgrouse

Order: Pterocliformes   Family: Pteroclididae

Pigeons and doves

Order: Columbiformes   Family: Columbidae

Cockatoos

Order: Psittaciformes   Family: Cacatuidae

Parrots

Order: Psittaciformes   Family: Psittaculidae

Cuckoos

Order: Cuculiformes   Family: Cuculidae

Barn owls

Order: Strigiformes   Family: Tytonidae

Owls

Order: Strigiformes   Family: Strigidae

Frogmouths

Order: Caprimulgiformes   Family: Podargidae

Nightjars

Order: Caprimulgiformes   Family: Caprimulgidae

Aegothelidae

Swifts

Order: Apodiformes   Family: Apodidae

Treeswifts

Order: Apodiformes   Family: Hemiprocnidae

Trogons

Order: Trogoniformes   Family: Trogonidae

Kingfishers

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Alcedinidae

Bee-eaters

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Meropidae

Rollers

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Coraciidae

Hoopoe

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Upupidae

Hornbills

Order: Coraciiformes   Family: Bucerotidae

Barbets

Order: Piciformes   Family: Megalaimidae

Honeyguides

Order: Piciformes   Family: Indicatoridae

Woodpeckers and allies

Order: Piciformes   Family: Picidae

Broadbills

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Eurylaimidae

Pittas

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Pittidae

Larks

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Alaudidae

Swallows

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Hirundinidae

Wagtails and pipits

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Motacillidae

Cuckooshrikes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Campephagidae

Rail-babbler

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Eupetidae

Bulbuls

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Pycnonotidae

Kinglets

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Regulidae

Leafbirds

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Chloropseidae

Ioras

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Aegithinidae

Waxwings

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Bombycillidae

Hypocolius

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Hypocoliidae

Dippers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Cinclidae

Wrens

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Troglodytidae

Accentors

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Prunellidae

Thrushes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Turdidae

Cisticolas and allies

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Cisticolidae

Streaked scrub warbler

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Scotocercidae

Cettid warblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Cettiidae

Locustellid warblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Locustellidae

Acrocephalid warblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Acrocephalidae

Phylloscopid warblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Phylloscopidae

Old World warblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Sylviidae

Old World flycatchers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Muscicapidae

Fantails

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Rhipiduridae

Fairy flycatchers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Stenostiridae

Monarch flycatchers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Monarchidae

Whistlers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Pachycephalidae

Laughingthrushes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Leiothrichidae

Ground babblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Pellorneidae

Babblers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Timaliidae

Cupwings

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Pnoepygidae

Vireos

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Vireonidae

Bearded reedling

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Panuridae

Long-tailed tits

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Aegithalidae

Gerygones

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Acanthizidae

Tits

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Paridae

Nuthatches

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Sittidae

Wallcreeper

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Tichodromidae

Creepers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Certhiidae

Philippine creepers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Rhabdornithidae

Penduline tits

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Remizidae

Sunbirds

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Nectarinidae

Flowerpeckers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Dicaeidae

White-eyes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Zosteropidae

Honeyeaters

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Meliphagidae

Old World orioles

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Oriolidae

Fairy-bluebirds

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Irenidae

Crested shrikejay

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Platylophidae

Shrikes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Laniidae

Bushshrikes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Malaconotidae

Helmetshrikes

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Prionopidea

Drongos

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Dicruridae

Magpie-lark

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Grallinidae

Woodswallows

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Artamidae

Bristlehead

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Pityriaseidae

Crows, jays and magpies

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Corvidae

Starlings

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Sturnidae

Old World sparrows

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Passeridae

Weavers

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Ploceidae

Waxbills

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Estrildidae

Finches

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Fringillidae

Buntings

Order: Passeriformes   Family: Emberizidae

See also

References

  • Birds of the World: A Checklist, fifth edition and supplements, by James F. Clements, ISBN 0-934797-16-1, Ibis Publishing, 2000 (supplements up to July, 2005).
  • ^ Description of the ABA Listing Areas and Regions from the American Birding Association.
  • Splitting headaches? Recent taxonomic changes affecting the British and Western Palaearctic lists - Martin Collinson, British Birds vol 99 (June 2006), 306-323
  • Dickinson E.C. et al. Systematic notes on Asian Birds, Zoologische Verhandelingen Vols. 331 (2000), 335 (2001), 340 (2002), 344 (2003), 350 (2004) and Zoologische Mededelingen Vols. 80-4 and 80-5 (2006) [2]
List of birds

This page lists living orders and families of birds. The links below should then lead to family accounts and hence to individual species.

The passerines (perching birds) alone account for well over 5000 species. In total there are about 10,000 species of birds described worldwide, though one estimate of the real number places it at almost twice that.

Taxonomy is very fluid in the age of DNA analysis, so comments are made where appropriate, and all numbers are approximate. In particular see Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy for a very different classification.

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