Birds in Suriname, South America Dutch text English text Vogels in Suriname/Birds in Suriname




The species of birds that were included in the checklists on this site have been accounted for in a book "Annotated checklist of the Birds in Suriname", a publication of WWF Guianas, written by Otte H. Ottema, Jan Hein Ribot and Arie L. Spaans. It recognises 727 species, with 11 of these species with more than one subspecies (and 25 species without physical evidence from Suriname). Since the publication in November 2009, new species have been identified for Suriname and added to the list on this site. They are mentioned in the first list below. The second list gives an updated survey of the species without physical evidence (20 at this moment).
The annotated checklist, among other things, also gives comments on observations that were not validated, extreme dates for migrants and notes on selected species.

Records of (sub)species new for Suriname since November 2009.
It makes the total number of species for Suriname now standing on 750 (August 2015). For all these birds, distribution maps are available on the individual pages. For 20 species that we recognise, we have, besides the observations, no physical evidence. See the second list on this page. A second book by the same authors "Field Guide to the Birds of Suriname" also gives a justification for the birds on the Suriname list.

Rusty Tinamou Crypturellus brevirostris Heard and reported by a RAP expedition, headed by Brian O'Shea, in the far south of Suriname, near the Kutari camp in September 2010.
Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalasarche Chlororhynchos For the first time seen in Surinamese waters and photographed by M. Riechelt on June 10 2012 about 280 km off the coast. The bird was only once seen in 4 months of outbound activities. The photograph can be found on this site. Identification checked by Kees Camphuysen.
Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae Ramirez et al. (2013) have published data on the distribution of this petrel, measured with geolocators. Some data points found were within the territorial waters (200 sea miles) of Suriname and French Guiana.
Year-round distribution and habitat preferences of the Bugio petrel by Ivan Ramirez, Vitor H. Paiva, Dilia Menezes, Isamberto Silva, Richard A. Phillips, Jaime A. Ramos, Stefan Garthe.
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii A rather dark Petrel, that was first seen in Surinamese waters in 2012. It was reported on May 17 (30 km out on sea) and on August 7 2012, about 290 km out of the coast during a 4 month research traject. In June 2105 it was photographed and the it can be found on this site.
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus This bird was for the first time seen in Surinamese waters and photographed on May 12th 2015 by Jim Saulino on board of a reserch vessel on sea. The photograph can be found on this site. Identification checked by Kees Camphuysen.
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro This bird was for the first time seen in Surinamese waters and photographed on June 20 2012 by Andy Williams on board of a reserch vessel about 290 km out on sea. It was only noted once in 4 months of outbound activities.The photograph can be found on this site. Identification checked by Kees Camphuysen.
Red-footed Booby Sula sula The first observations of this Booby were made on a research vessel for the coast of Suriname. They were seen in June and August 2012 about 250 km off the coast and photographed by Jim Saulino. The photograph can be found on this site. Identification checked by Kees Camphuysen.
Peregrine Falcon, Duck Hawk Falco peregrinus anatum A new subspecies for Suriname. This bird was photographed by Erik Toorman in March 2013. Photo on this site.
Ruff Philomachus pugnax This bird was photographed by Andy Williams in August 2015 out on sea. Photo on this site.
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki On their way back to their breeding grounds near the South Pole these Skuas pass into the waters of Suriname. They pass in the first half of May. This was determined with geolocators, by M. Koch et al (see the page on this site). In May 2014 a bird was photographed by Tomas Willems, see its page.
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus The bird was photographed by Tomas Willems in April 2014 for the coast of Suriname,see its page on this site.
Black Noddy Anous minutus This bird was photographed by Tomas Willems in May 2014 (see its page), and identification checked by Ruud van Halewijn.
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus This bird was also photographed by Tomas Willems in April 2014.
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis acuflavidus A new subspecies for Suriname. This ringed bird was also photographed by Tomas Willems in April 2014.
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii A new species for Suriname, with photo on this site. It was photographed by Tomas Willems June 2014.
Tepui Parrotlet Nannopsittaca panychlora Trapped by an expedition of the Yale University Peabody Museum with Kristof Zyskowski in April 2010 in the Wilhelmina mountains in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, CSNR. It was seen every day during his stay there.
Pavonine cuckoo Dromococcyx pavoninus The characteristic sound was heard well by Brian O'Shea at dawn on the 5th of May 2010 at Werepai in the far south of Suriname. It was heard there again in September. No recording was made. This secretive bird is known from Guyana and French Guiana.
Common Swift Apus apus Seen and photographed on the 12th of July 2012 by Jim Saulino and Andy Williams about 280 km out on sea in front of the east coast of Suriname. A first for South America.
Belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon This migrant was seen by two experienced observers in November 2009 to pass by at Weg naar Zee. These two (Carl Beel and Dominiek Plouvier) had no doubt about the identity of the female bird and the second observer knows the bird well from other countries. Known from Guyana and recently from French Guiana.Photographed by Nathan Amtroesiat in October and November 2016 in the West of Suriname (photo on this site) and said to have been spotted there more often.
Strong-billed woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus The sound was taped by a RAP expedition near Kwamalasumutu in the far south of Suriname, headed by Brian O'Shea in September 2010. The bird is known from Guyana and French Guyana.
Short-tailed Antthrush Chamaeza campanisona Trapped by an expedition of the Yale University Peabody Museum with Kristof Zyskowski in April 2010 in the Wilhelmina mountains in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, CSNR. Also identified on a sound tape from the Tafelberg in December 2005.
Rufous-tailed Tyrant Knipolegus poecilurus Trapped by an expedition of the Yale University Peabody Museum with Kristof Zyskowski in April 2010 in the Wilhelmina mountains in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, CSNR. A picture of this bird from Suriname
Large-headed Flatbill Ramphotrigon megacephalum Reported by a RAP expedition in the far south of Suriname, headed by Brian O'Shea, in the bamboo near the Kutari camp and near Werepai in September 2010.
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea Photographed by Jim Saulino aboard a research vessel in Surinamese waters, the 27th of May 2015, about 310 km out on sea, NNE of Braamspunt. The bird flew in a NW direction, probably on its way back to North America. Photos can be found on this site. Identification confirmed by Johan Ingels.
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Photographed by Jim Saulino aboard a research vessel in Surinamese waters, the 16th of July 2015 and about 240km in sea, NE of Braamspunt. Photos can be found on this site.

Second List: 20 species of birds on this site without physical evidence from Suriname to validate the observations, as per July 2015.

Rusty Tinamou Crypturellus brevirostris see first list
White Ibis Eudocimus albus Twice reported by two observers
Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus One reported observation.
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus 9 reported observations.
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii A bird was caught and then lost in a shipment to the Leiden museum. One other observation.
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor one reported observation.
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla one reported observation.
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus one reported observation.
Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet Touit huetii one reported observation.
Plain-winged Antwren Myrmotherula behni 6 reported observations.
Spot-throated Woodcreeper Certiasomus stictolaema 3 reported observations
Gray Elaenia Myiopagis caniceps 3 reported observations
Amazonian Black-Tyrant Knipolegus poecilocercus 2 reported observations
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus 3 reported observations
Cliff Swallow Petrochelydon pyrrhonota 6 reported observations
Magpie Tanager Cissopis leveriana 6 reported observations and a rather unmistakable bird in the forest.
Dotted Tanager Tangara varia 8 reported observations
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola 2 reported observations and old catches
Dickcissel Spiza americana 2 reported observations
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca 3 reported observations

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