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The trick to serious birding in French Polynesia is knowing where to find native and endemic populations and being able to get there.

Tahiti Expeditions works with the local bird conservation organization, Te Manu, and a portion of all proceeds from this service will go to their efforts.

Bird species

Below is a partial species list representative of Moorea; additional species can be found depending on the islands visited for this tour.

Common nameScientific nameTahitian name
Myna Acridotheres tristis
Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
Red-vented Bulbul Pynonotus cafer
Common Fairy Tern Gygis alba Itata'e
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus Mo'a
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus Oio
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis Vini
Pacific Reef Heron Egretta sacra Outu'u
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans Amu mo'a
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaeton rubricauda Pete'a
Tahiti Kingfisher(Moorea ssp.) Halcyon venerata youngi Otatare
Gray-green Fruit Dove (Moorea ssp.) Ptilinopus purpuratus frater U'upa
Wandering Tattler Heteroscelus incanus Uriri
Lesser Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
Rock Dove Columba livia
Long-tailed Cuckoo Eudynamis taitensis Arevareva
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Vini
Red-browed Firetail Aegintha temporalis Vini
Tahiti Reed Warbler Acrocephalus caffra Otatare
Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii Tarapapa
Great Frigatebird Fregata minor Otaha
Red - footed Booby Sula sula Ua'au
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster Hope'ua

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