HAWAII MIGRATORY BIRDS

LIST OF MIGRATORY SPECIES WINTERING ON HAWAII

Of the 59 species below, 37 have been identified as migrating on Hawaii regularly.
Most migratory species come from breeding grounds in the Arctic, but some pass through Hawaii from their breeding grounds in the South Pacific (Australia, New Zealand) en route to their ‘wintering grounds’ in the North Pacific.
Many species may come from either Siberia or Alaska as they breed in the Arctic on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
Species below with no location origin are from North America (NA).

Ruddy Turnstone - Magic Island, Oahu - © Denise Motard
Ruddy Turnstone – Magic Island, Oahu – © Denise Motard

American Wigeon – regular visitor
Baird’s Sandpiper – occasional visitor
Bar-tailed Godwit – occasional, transient (from Asia or NA)
Black-bellied Plover – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Black-winged Petrel – occasional visitor (from south Pacific)
Blue-winged Teal – regular visitor
Brant – rare visitor (mostly from NA)
Bristle-thighed Curlew – uncommon transient/visitor, may oversummer
Bufflehead – occasional visitor
Cackling Goose – rare visitor
Canada Goose – uncommon visitor
Canvasback – occasional visitor
Caspian Tern – occasional visitor
Common Snipe – rare visitor (from Asia)
Dunlin – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Eurasian Wigeon – rare, from Asia
Flesh-footed Shearwater – occasional visitor (from South Pacific)
Garganey – occasional visitor (from Asia)
Great Blue Heron – occasional visitor
Greater Scaup – rare visitor (from Asia or NA)
Greater Yellowlegs – rare visitor
Green-winged Teal – regular
Grey-tailed Tattler – rare, from Asia
Leach’s Storm Petrel – rare visitor (pelagic)
Least Sandpiper – regular
Least Tern – occasional visitor
Lesser Scaup – regular
Lesser Yellowlegs – regular
Little Blue Heron – occasional
Little Tern – occasional visitor (from Asia)
Long-billed Dowitcher – uncommon visitor (from Asia or NA)
Mallard – some are visitors (others are feral)
Mottled Petrel – occasional transient visitor (from South Pacific) to Bering Sea area
Northern Pintail – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Northern Shoveler – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Osprey – occasional visitor (from Asia or NA)
Pacific Golden Plover – regular (from Asia or NA), may oversummer
Pectoral Sandpiper – regular, usually transient (from Asia or NA)
Peregrine Falcon – occasional visitor (from Asia or NA)
Pomarine Jaeger – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Red Phalarope – occasional visitor (from Asia or NA)
Red-necked Stint – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Ring-necked Duck – rare visitor
Ruddy Turnstone – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Ruff – occasional visitor (from Asia)
Sanderling – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Semipalmated Plover – regular visitor
Semipalmated Sandpiper – occasional visitor
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – regular, mostly transient
Short-billed Dowitcher – rare visitor
Short-tailed Shearwater – occasional transient visitor (from South Pacific) to Bering Sea
Sooty Shearwater – occasional transient visitor (from South Pacific) to Bering Sea
Tufted Duck – occasional visitor (from Asia)
Wandering Tattler – regular visitor (from Asia or NA)
Western Sandpiper – regular visitor (mostly from NA)
Whimbrel – rare visitor (from Asia or NA)
White-faced Ibis – occasional visitor
Wilson’s Phalarope – occasional visitor
Wilson’s Snipe – occasional visitor

Pacific Golden Plover with bill open - Diamond Head, Oahu - © Denise Motard
Pacific Golden Plover with bill open – Diamond Head, Oahu – © Denise Motard

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