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
Charadrius alexandrinus Kentish Plover Aves Charadriiformes Charadriidae AEWA , CMS
Cepphus grylle Black Guillemot Aves Charadriiformes Alcidae AEWA
Pluvianus aegyptius Egyptian Plover Aves Charadriiformes Pluvianidae AEWA
Limosa lapponica Bar-Tailed Godwit Aves Charadriiformes Scolopacidae AEWA , CMS
Gelochelidon nilotica Common Gull-billed Tern Aves Charadriiformes Laridae AEWA , CMS
Melanitta fusca Velvet Scoter Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Phaethon aethereus Red-billed Tropicbird Aves Pelecaniformes Phaethontidae AEWA
Calidris alpina Dunlin Aves Charadriiformes Scolopacidae AEWA , CMS
Charadrius leschenaultii Greater Sandplover Aves Charadriiformes Charadriidae AEWA , CMS
Burhinus senegalensis Senegal Thick-knee Aves Charadriiformes Burhinidae AEWA
Zapornia parva Little Crake Aves Gruiformes Rallidae AEWA , CMS
Melanitta nigra Common Scoter Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Ciconia ciconia White Stork Aves Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae AEWA , CMS
Egretta gularis Western Reef-egret Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA
Anser fabalis Bean Goose Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Larus argentatus European Herring Gull Aves Charadriiformes Laridae AEWA
Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis Aves Ciconiiformes Threskiornithidae AEWA , CMS
Podiceps nigricollis Black-Necked Grebe Aves Podicipediformes Podicipedidae AEWA
Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew Aves Charadriiformes Scolopacidae AEWA , CMS
Gallinago gallinago Common Snipe Aves Charadriiformes Scolopacidae AEWA , CMS
Ardeola ralloides Squacco Heron Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA
Sarkidiornis melanotos African Comb Duck Aves Anseriformes Anatidae AEWA , CMS
Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen Aves Gruiformes Rallidae AEWA
Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern Aves Charadriiformes Laridae AEWA , CMS