Birds of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is home to various bird species due to its varied habitats, including tropical rainforests, mangroves, and coastal areas. 

Its national bird is the Palmchat. Other notable species include the Hispaniolan Oriole, the Hispaniolan Parakeet, and the Gray Kingbird.

Birds of Dominican Republic

List of Common Birds Found in the Dominican Republic

Native Birds

  • American Flamingo
  • American Kestrel
  • Antillean Crested Hummingbird
  • Antillean Euphonia
  • Antillean Mango
  • Antillean Palm-swift
  • Antillean Piculet
  • Antillean Siskin
  • Ashy-faced Owl
  • Bananaquit
  • Bay-breasted Cuckoo
  • Belted kingfisher
  • Bicknell’s Thrush
  • Black-crowned Palm-tanager
  • Black-faced Grassquit
  • Black-whiskered Vireo
  • Broad-billed Tody
  • Brown Pelican
  • Buff-bellied Pipit
  • Caribbean Elaenia
  • Caribbean Flamingo
  • Caribbean Martin
  • Cattle Egret
  • Ciguapa
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird
  • Common Ground Dove
  • Double-striped Thick-knee
  • Eastern Chat-tanager
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Golden Swallow
  • Gray-headed Quail-dove
  • Gray Kingbird
  • Great Egret
  • Greater Antillean Bullfinch
  • Greater Antillean Grackle
  • Green Heron
  • Green-tailed Ground-tanager
  • Hispaniolan Amazon
  • Hispaniolan Crossbill
  • Hispaniolan Emerald
  • Hispaniolan Lizard-cuckoo
  • Hispaniolan Nightjar
  • Hispaniolan Oriole
  • Hispaniolan Parakeet
  • Hispaniolan Parrot
  • Hispaniolan Pewee
  • Hispaniolan Spindalis
  • Hispaniolan Swift
  • Hispaniolan Trogon
  • Hispaniolan Woodpecker
  • Killdeer
  • La Selle’s Thrush
  • Loggerhead Kingbird
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Mangrove Cuckoo
  • Narrow-billed Tody
  • Northern Jacana
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Northern Potoo
  • Olive-throated Parakeet
  • Osprey
  • Palmchat
  • Plain Pigeon
  • Puerto Rican Woodpecker
  • Red-legged Thrush
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Ridgway’s Hawk
  • Rufous-sided Broadbill
  • Rufous-throated Solitaire
  • Rufous-vented Grassquit
  • Scaly-naped Pigeon
  • Smooth-billed Ani
  • Stolid Flycatcher
  • Vervain Hummingbird
  • Western Chat-tanager
  • White-fronted Quail-dove
  • White-necked Crow
  • White-winged Dove
  • White-winged Warbler
  • Wilson’s Storm Petrel
  • Yellow-bellied Siskin
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Zenaida Dove

Non-native Birds

  • Chestnut Munia
  • Eurasian Collared-dove
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • House Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Olive-throated Parakeet
  • Red Avadavat
  • Red Junglefowl
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Scaly-breasted Munia
  • Tricolored Munia
  • Village Weaver

The Dominican Republic is an amazing destination for birdwatching, with some of the best birding sites, including Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, Parque Nacional Los Haitises National Park, and Parque Nacional del Este National Park. The best time to see the country’s birds is winter, particularly from November to April, as this period coincides with the migratory season for numerous North American birds and other parts of the world travel to the Dominican Republic to escape the colder climates in their breeding grounds.


1. Which birds of prey can be found in the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic is home to several birds of prey, like the American Kestrel and the Red-tailed Hawk.

2. Which water birds live in the Dominican Republic?

Due to its coastal location and multiple wetlands, the country has several water and sea birds like the Brown Pelican, the Caribbean Flamingo, and the Magnificent Frigatebird.

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