Species

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.com

 

AEWA covers 255 species of birds ecologically dependent on wetlands for at least part of their annual cycle, including many species of divers, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, herons, storks, rails, ibises, spoonbills, flamingos, ducks, swans, geese, cranes, waders, gulls, terns, tropic birds, auks, frigate birds and even the south African penguin.

All AEWA species cross international boundaries during their migrations and require good quality habitat for breeding as well as a network of suitable sites to support their annual journeys. International cooperation across their entire migratory range, as provided by AEWA, is therefore essential for the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations and the habitats on which they depend.

 

Scientific name Common name Class Order Family CMS Instruments
Spheniscus demersus African Penguin Aves Sphenisciformes Spheniscidae AEWA , CMS
Gavia stellata Red-throated Loon Aves Gaviiformes Gaviidae AEWA , CMS
Gavia immer Common Loon Aves Gaviiformes Gaviidae AEWA , CMS
Gavia adamsii Yellow-billed Loon Aves Gaviiformes Gaviidae AEWA , CMS
Pelecanus onocrotalus Great White Pelican Aves Pelecaniformes Pelecanidae AEWA , CMS
Pelecanus rufescens Pink-backed Pelican Aves Pelecaniformes Pelecanidae AEWA
Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican Aves Pelecaniformes Pelecanidae AEWA , CMS
Morus bassanus Northern Gannet Aves Pelecaniformes Sulidae AEWA
Morus capensis Cape Gannet Aves Pelecaniformes Sulidae AEWA
Sula dactylatra Masked Booby Aves Pelecaniformes Sulidae AEWA
Microcarbo coronatus Crowned Cormorant Aves Pelecaniformes Phalacrocoracidae AEWA
Microcarbo pygmaeus Pygmy Cormorant Aves Pelecaniformes Phalacrocoracidae AEWA , CMS
Phalacrocorax neglectus Bank Cormorant Aves Pelecaniformes Phalacrocoracidae AEWA
Phalacrocorax nigrogularis Socotra Cormorant Aves Pelecaniformes Phalacrocoracidae AEWA , CMS
Phalacrocorax capensis Cape Cormorant Aves Pelecaniformes Phalacrocoracidae AEWA
Fregata minor Great Frigatebird Aves Pelecaniformes Fregatidae AEWA
Fregata ariel Lesser Frigatebird Aves Pelecaniformes Fregatidae AEWA
Egretta ardesiaca Black Heron Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA
Egretta vinaceigula Slaty Egret Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Ardea melanocephala Black-headed Heron Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA
Ardeola idae Madagascar Pond-heron Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Ardeola rufiventris Rufous-bellied Heron Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Ixobrychus sturmii Dwarf Bittern Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA , CMS
Mycteria ibis Yellow-billed Stork Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Ciconia nigra Black Stork Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS