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
Egretta garzetta Little Egret Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA
Balearica pavonina Black Crowned-crane Aves Gruiformes Gruidae AEWA
Ardea brachyrhyncha Yellow-billed Egret Aves Ciconiiformes Ardeidae AEWA2016-01-01 00:00:00
Larus michahellis Yellow-legged Gull Aves Charadriiformes Laridae AEWA