List of Birds of Comoros

List of Birds of Comoros

Comoros is a superb archipelago of four volcanic and (largely) forested islands between East Africa and Madagascar. As a birding destination, they have much to offer: no less than sixteen endemics – including such desirable species as Comoro Blue Vanga and the monotypic Humblot’s Flycatcher – set in rugged volcanic landscapes fringed by idyllic tropical beaches and linked by good air and road infrastructure.

Grand Comore, the largest and arguably most accessible island, is dominated by the 2361m-high bulk of the Karthala volcano, cloaked at higher altitudes in lush forest and capped by alpine heathland that surrounds its crater (the world’s largest). Here and on the lesser (and inactive) volcanoes at La Grille, as well as at various localities at a lower altitude, no less than five Grande Comore endemics (as well as a further six endemic to the archipelago) are on offer: in order of ease of finding, these are Grande Comoro Drongo, Grande Comoro Brush-Warbler, Humblot’s Flycatcher, Karthala White-eye, and Karthala Scops Owl. Endemics that are largely common and accessible on most of the islands are Comoro Thrush, Comoro Pigeon, Humblot’s Sunbird, Comoro Bulbul, Comoro Fody, and the magnificent Ninga or Comoro Blue Pigeon.

Wilderness explorers Africa has a list of birds of Comoros that you can use while birding in the Comoros Archipelago.

Size & Location
How to get there
Areas of interest
When to visit
Where to stay
  1. African palm-swift
  2. African stonechat
  3. African swift
  4. Allen’s gallinule
  5. Anjouan bush warbler
  6. Anjouan scops owl
  7. Anjouan sunbird
  8. Bam swallow
  9. Bank swallow
  10. Barn owl
  11. Bar-tailed godwit
  12. Bat hawk
  13. Black kite
  14. Black-bellied plover
  15. Black-crowned night-heron
  16. Black-napped tern
  17. Black-tailed godwit
  18. Blue vanga
  19. Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  20. Bridled tern
  21. Broad-billed roller
  22. Bronze mannikin
  23. Brown booby
  24. Brown noddy
  25. Caspian tern
  26. Cattle egret
  27. Common buzzard
  28. Common cuckoo
  29. Common greenshank
  30. Common myna
  31. Common quail
  32. Common ringed plover
  33. Common sandpiper
  34. Common swift
  35. Common tern
  36. Common-house martin
  37. Comoro blue pigeon
  38. Comoro drongo
  39. Comoro pigeon
  40. Comoro scops owl
  41. Comoro thrush
  42. Comoro white-eye
  43. Comoros cuckoo shrike
  44. Comoros green pigeon
  45. Crab plover
  46. Crested drongo
  47. Cuckoo roller
  48. Curlew sandpiper
  49. Darter
  50. Eleonora’s falcon
  51. Eurasian curlew
  52. Eurasian golden oriole
  1. Eurasian moorhen
  2. European roller
  3. European turtle dove
  4. France’s sparrowhawk
  5. Grand Comoro bulbul
  6. Grand Comoro bush warbler
  7. Grand Comoro flycatcher
  8. Gray heron
  9. Gray-headed gull
  10. Gray-headed lovebird
  11. Great crested tern
  12. Great egret
  13. Great frigate bird
  14. Greater flamingo
  15. Greater sand-plover
  16. Greater vasa parrot
  17. Gull-billed Tern
  18. Harlequin quail
  19. Helmeted guineafowl
  20. House sparrow
  21. Humblot’s heron
  22. Humblot’s sunbird
  23. Lesser black-backed gull
  24. Lesser crested tern
  25. Lesser flamingo
  26. Lesser frigatebird
  27. Lesser gray shrike
  28. Lesser Noddy
  29. Lesser sand-plover
  30. Lesser vasa parrot
  31. Little egret
  32. Little grebe
  33. Little stint
  34. Little tern
  35. Madagascan nightjar
  36. Madagascar bee-eater
  37. Madagascar bulbul
  38. Madagascar cisticola
  39. Madagascar coucal
  40. Madagascar heron
  41. Madagascar Kestrel
  42. Madagascar paradise flycatcher
  43. Madagascar pond-heron
  44. Madagascar pratincole
  45. Madagascar sunbird
  46. Madagascar swift
  47. Madagascar white-eye
  48. Malagasy kingfisher
  49. Malagasy spinetail
  50. Malagasy turtle dove
  51. Marsh sandpiper
  52. Mascarene martin
  1. Masked booby
  2. Moheli brush warbler
  3. Moheli bulbul
  4. Moheli scops owl
  5. Mottled spinetail
  6. Northern wheatear
  7. Pacific golden-plover
  8. Peregrine falcon
  9. Pied crow
  10. Pintail snipe
  11. Red fody
  12. Red-footed booby
  13. Red-headed fody
  14. Red-tailed tropical bird
  15. Ring-necked dove
  16. Rock pigeon
  17. Ruddy turnstone
  18. Ruff
  19. Sacred ibis
  20. Sanderling
  21. Senegal lapwing
  22. Slender-billed curlew
  23. Sooty tern
  24. Souimanga sunbird
  25. Sounders’s tern
  26. South polar skua
  27. Spotted flycatcher
  28. Squacco heron
  29. Striated heron
  30. Striped crake
  31. Tambourine dove
  32. Terek sandpiper
  33. Three-banded plover
  34. Tree pipit
  35. Tropical shearwater
  36. Verreaux’s eagle-owl
  37. Wedge-tailed shearwater
  38. Western yellow wagtail
  39. Western-reef heron
  40. Whimbrel
  41. White tern
  42. White wagtail
  43. White-faced whistling duck
  44. White-fronted Plover
  45. White-tailed tropical bird
  46. Willow warbler
  47. Wood sandpiper
  48. Wood warbler
  49. Humblot’s flycatcher
  50. Karthala scops Owl

Best time for birding in Comoros

October to December are the best months to visit – before the rains set in earnest, but when bird activity is still reasonably high. Regular international flights via Kenya, Tanzania, Yemen, and Madagascar service Dzaoudzi, Mayotte and Moroni, Grande Comore, and small planes make inexpensive daily flights between the four islands. There are adequate hotels and the possibility of taxi hire on all the islands.