ALL THE BIRDS OBSERVED ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

This website on birds of Prince Edward Island (PEI) provides a short description of the birds observed on this island with anecdotes, photos and videos, in addition to more general information on birds, birding, bird feeding, conservation, and other related topics.

According to the Field Checklist of Birds (8th Edition) 2014 for Prince Edward Island, 368 bird species have be observed on PEI at one time or another. An impressive number for the size of the island! (The checklist was published by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry. You can click on: Field Checklist of Birds – 8th Edition – 2014 for a copy of the checklist in .pdf format.)

Prince Edward Island is an attractive environment for shore birds and seabirds in particular, due to its 800 kilometers (500 miles) of shoreline in the southern portion of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. These two categories of birds total around 158 species.

This website contains four different lists of the birds of Prince Edward Island, on which you can click below (or in the left side bar) to access the information for the bird species you are looking for. There are now 255 bird species on this website that have their own page with a description, photos and (when available) videos. Links are provided throughout the website to relevant articles.

TAXONOMIC LIST OF BIRDS OF PEI
(Complete list of birds observed on PEI)
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF BIRDS OF PEI
(List of PEI birds which have a page on this website)
BIRDS BREEDING ON PEI
(There are 153 bird species breeding on PEI)
BIRDS NOT BREEDING ON PEI
There are 215 bird species NOT breeding on PEI)

Prince Edward Island is also located on the migratory route of many bird species. Some birds migrate completely out of their summer range, others will only migrate from the northern part of their summer range to the southern part. Other birds are permanent residents, and even this number can vary over the years, depending on the severity of the winter, which would understandably make sources of food harder to find.

Still other birds are rare visitors or ‘vagrants’, such as when a pelican ends up in PEI following a post tropical storm for example.

Prince Edward Island is a largely rural province with a small population, so there are still lots of green spaces – PEI is called the ‘Green Island’ for a reason – which offer a favorable environment for birds.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thank you to the following contributors who gave permission to publish their photos on this website:

Jodi Arsenault, Matt Beardsley, Lynne Bradley, Don Jardine, Michele Lawlor, Brett MacKinnon, Don McLelland, Barry Murray, Roberta Palmer, Helen Power-Lewis, John Read, Chris Rice, Marie and Richard Smith, Dale Sorensen, Daniel St. Laurent, Anthony Thorne and Megan Thorne.

A special ‘Thank You’ to the Souris & Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation, who helped contact their members for bird photos, and to these members who graciously responded and gave permission to publish their photos:

Wanda Bailey, Carmela Cheverie, Sara Deveau, JoAnne Dunphy, Isobel Fitzpatrick, Jane Hanlon, Lois Kilburn, Gina L’Esperance, Judy MacDonald, Nova MacIsaac, Kathy McCormack, Marcy Robertson, and Sandra Meade.

The Blue Jay is the official bird of PEI - Summerside, PEI - Summer 2016 - © Marie Smith
The Blue Jay is the official bird of PEI – Summerside, PEI – Summer 2016 – © Marie Smith

One more note: birds – especially the migratory ones – know no geopolitical frontiers, so they can be found in vast areas, overlapping provincial and country boundaries. For birds in other locations, you can check this website: https://birdsoftheworld.info/.

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