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Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris (diomedea) edwardsii

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Beneharo Rodríguez Martín taken off the coast of Mauritania

Cape Verde Warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis, Sao Jorge dos Orgaos, Santiago Island, Cape Verde

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Rubén Barone Tosco, November 2010

Iago Sparrows Passer iagoensis, Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde. Note: this species is common around the hotels in the south of Sal Island

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Liz Anderson

Cape Verde Swift Apus alexandri, Praia cliffs, Santiago Island, Cape Verde

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Stefan Cherrug, November 2010

Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae, Cha das Caldeiras, Fogo, Cape Verde

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Pascual Calabuig, March 2011

Country checklist and status


We are delighted that our Corporate Sponsor iGoTerra has made its country checklists, including subspecies (IOC or Clements) as well as all other species groups like mammals, butterflies etc. available through the ABC website. The only thing required is a Basic membership / registration which is free of charge. Go to Cape Verde Islands checklists. If you are already a member of iGoTerra, you will be taken directly to the country page. In case you are not a member, you will be redirected automatically to the registration form and from there can go straight to the country page..

The total species list reliably recorded in the islands is 178. These include 36 breeding species of which 9 are seabirds. The main ornithological importance lies in its seabird colonies and its endemic land birds. There are about 40 species of passage migrants mainly of Palearctic origin (HAZEVOET 1995 etc).

Endemic species

Cape Verde Swift Apus alexandri
Raso Lark Alauda razae
Cape Verde Warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis see reference (viii)
Iago Sparrow Passer iagoensis

An additional seven land birds are recognized by Hazevoet as being endemic phylogenetic species, and these forms contribute significantly to the uniqueness of the islands: Cape Verde Purple Heron Ardea (purpurea) bournei, Cape Verde Kite Milvus (milvus) fasciicauda (HILLE, S, & THIOLLAY, J.-M. 2000), Cape Verde Buzzard Buteo (buteo) bannermani, Alexander's Kestrel Falco (tinnunculus) alexandri, Neglected Kestrel Falco (tinnunculus) neglectus, Cape Verde Peregrine Falco (peregrinus) madens and Cape Verde Barn Owl Tyto (alba) detorta. Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae is a seabird which is largely endemic to Cape Verde when breeding. The population of P.feae on Cape Verde is also recognized as a phylogenetic species by Hazevoet as are two other seabirds Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris (diomedea) edwardsii and Cape Verde Little Shearwater Puffinus (assimilis) boydi.

Near endemic species

Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae

The breeding population in Cape Verde is estimated to be a minimum of 310 pairs. This species also breeds on Bugio island in the Desertas off Madeira.

Threatened species

Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae Vulnerable
Raso Lark Alauda razae Critical
Cape Verde Warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis Endangered

The lists of endemic, near endemic and threatened species have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International, and Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd.

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