MYVATN BIRD CHECKLIST

Compiled by Árni Einarsson


The following list covers the bird species a visiting birdwatcher can expect to see around Lake Myvatn and River Laxá. The list does not contain all recorded bird species at Myvatn but realizing that most birdwatchers concentrate on the waterfowl most vagrant waterbirds seen during the last 15 years are listed. In addition to the English and Latin names the Icelandic, German, French, Danish and Swedish names are given. abbreviations: Breed. = common breeder Rare breed. = rare or irregular breeder. Visit. = regular (almost annual) visitor, breeding elsewhere in Iceland. Pass. migr. = Passing migrant (all of them are uncommon). For. visit. = foreign regular (almost annual) visitor. Vagr. = vagrant.
GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (COMMON LOON)
Gavia immer (Breed.) Ge: Eistaucher, Fr: Plongeon imbrin, Da: Islom, Sw: Islom, Icel: Himbrimi. RED-THROATED DIVER Gavia stellata (Breed.) Ge: Sterntaucher, Fr: Plongeon catmarin, Da: Rødstrubet lom, Sw: Smålom, Icel: Lómur. SLAVONIAN GREBE (HORNED GREBE) Podiceps auritus (Breed.) Ge: Ohrentaucher, Fr: Grebe esclavon, Da: Nordisk lappedykker, Sw: Svarthakedopping, Icel: Flórgoði. FULMAR Fulmarus glacialis (Visit.) Ge: Eissturmvogel, Fr: Fulmar boreal, Da: Mallemuk, Sw: Stormfågel, Icel: Fýll. CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo (Visit.) Ge: Kormoran, Fr: Grand Cormoran, Da: Storskarv, Sw: Storskarv, Icel: Dílaskarfur. WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus (Breed.) Ge: Singschwan, Fr: Cygne sauvage, Da: Sangsvane, Sw: Sångsvan, Icel: Álft. BEWICK'S SWAN Cygnus columbianus (Vagr.) Ge: Zwergschwan, Fr: Cygne de Bewick, Da: Pibesvane, Sw: Mindre sångsvan, Icel: Dvergsvanur. GREYLAG GOOSE Anser anser (Breed.) Ge: Graugans, Fr: Oie cendree, Da: Grågås, Sw: Grågås, Icel: Grágæs. PINK-FOOTED GOOSE Anser brachyrhyncus (Rare breed., Pass. migr.) Ge: Kurtzschnabelgans, Fr: Oie a bec court, Da: Kortnæbbet gås, Sw: Spetsbergsgås, Icel: Heiðagæs. BARNACLE GOOSE Branta leucopsis (Pass. migr.) Ge: Weisswangengans, Fr: Bernache nonnette, Da: Bramgås, Sw: Vitkindad gås, Icel: Helsingi. MALLARD Anas platyrhynchos (Breed.) Ge: Stockente, Fr: Canard colvert, Da: Gråand, Sw: Gräsand, Icel: Stokkönd. BLACK DUCK Anas rubripes (Vagr.) Ge: Dunkelente, Fr: Canard noir, Da: Sortbrun and Sw: Svartand, Icel: Brúnönd. TEAL Anas crecca (Breed.) Ge: Krickente, Fr: Sarcelle d'hiver, Da: Krikand, Sw: Kricka, Icel: Urtönd. GREEN WINGED TEAL Anas crecca carolinensis (Vagr.) Fr: Sarcelle a ailes vertes GARGANEY Anas querquedula (Vagr.) Ge: Knakente, Fr: Sarcelle d'ete, Da: Atlingand, Sw: Ærta, Icel: Taumönd. GADWALL Anas strepera (Breed.) Ge: Schnatterente, Fr: Canard chipeau, Da: Knarand, Sw: Snatterand, Icel: Gargönd. WIGEON Anas penelope (Breed.) Ge: Pfeifente, Fr: Canard siffleur, Da: Pibeand, Sw: Bläsand, Icel: Rauðhöfðaönd. AMERICAN WIGEON Anas americana (For. visit.) Ge: Amerikanische Pfeifente, Fr: Canard a front blanc, Da: Amerikansk pibeand, Sw: Amerikansk bläsand, Icel: Ljóshöfðaönd. PINTAIL Anas acuta (Breed.) Ge: Spiessente, Fr: Canard pilet, Da: Spidsand, Sw: Stjärtand, Icel: Grafönd. SHOVELER Anas clypeata (Rare breed.) Ge: Löffelente, Fr: Canard souchet, Da: Skeand, Sw: Skedand, Icel: Skeiðönd. SCAUP Aythya marila (Breed.) Ge: Bergente, Fr: Fuligule milouinan, Da: Bjergand, Sw: Bergand, Icel: Duggönd. TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula (Breed.) Ge: Reiherente, Fr: Fuligule morillon, Da: Troldand, Sw: Vigg, Icel: Skúfönd. POCHARD Aythya ferina (Rare breed.) Ge: Tafelente, Fr: Fuligule milouin, Da: Taffeland, Sw: Brunand, Icel: Skutulönd. RING-NECKED DUCK Aythya collaris (For. visit.) Ge: Ringschnabelente, Fr: Fuligule a bec cercle, Da: Halsbåndtroldand, Sw: Ringand, Icel: Hringönd. COMMON GOLDENEYE Bucephala clangula (For. visit.) Ge: Schellente, Fr: Garrot a oeil d'or, Da: Hvinand, Sw: Knipa, Icel: Hvinönd. BARROW'S GOLDENEYE Bucephala islandica (Breed.) Ge: Spatelente, Fr: Garrot d'Islande, Da: Islandsk hvinand, Sw: Islandsknipa, Icel: Húsönd. BUFFLEHEAD Bucephala albeola (Vagr.) Ge: Buffelkopfente, Fr: Garrot albeole, Da: B¢ffeland, Sw: Buffelhuvud, Icel: Hjálmönd. LONG-TAILED DUCK (OLDSQUAW) Clangula hyemalis (Breed.) Ge: Eisente, Fr: Harelde boreale, Da: Havlit, Sw: Alfågel, Icel: Hávella. SURF SCOTER Melanitta perspicillata (Vagr.) Ge: Brillenente, Fr: Macreuse a front blanc, Da: Brilleand, Sw: Vitnackad svartand, Icel: Krákönd. COMMON SCOTER Melanitta nigra (Breed.) Ge: Trauerente, Fr: Macreuse noire, Da: Sortand, Sw: Sjöorre, Icel: Hrafnsönd. HARLEQUIN DUCK Histrionicus histrionicus (Breed.) Ge: Kragenente, Fr: Arlequin plongeur, Da: Strømand, Sw: Strömand, Icel: Straumönd. STELLER'S EIDER Polysticta stelleri (Vagr.) Ge: Scheckente, Fr: Eider de Steller, Da: Stellersand, Sw: Alf"rradare, Icel: Blikönd. EIDER Somateria mollissima (Rare visit.) Ge: Eiderente, Fr: Eider a duvet, Da: Ederfugl, Sw: Ejder, Icel: Æður. RUDDY DUCK Oxyura jamaicensis (For. visit.) Ge: Schwarzkopf-Ruderente, Fr: Erismature rousse, Da: Amerikansk skarveand, Sw: Amerikansk kopparand, Icel: Hrókönd. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator (Breed.) Ge: Mittelsager, Fr: Harle huppe, Da: Toppet skallesluger, Sw: Småskrake, Icel: Toppönd. GOOSANDER Mergus merganser (Breed.) Ge: Gansesäger, Fr: Harle bievre, Da: Stor skallesluger, Sw: Storskrake, Icel: Gulönd. SMEW Mergus albellus (Vagr.) Ge: Zwergsäger, Fr: Harle piette, Da: Lille skallesluger, Sw: Salskrake, Icel: Hvítönd. GYR FALCON Falco rusticolus (Breed.) Ge: Gerfalke, Fr: Faucon gerfaut, Da: Jagtfalk, Sw: Jaktfalk, Icel: Fálki. MERLIN Falco columbianus (Breed.) Ge: Merlin, Fr: Faucon emerillon, Da: Dværgfalk, Sw: Stenfalk, Icel: Smyrill. PTARMIGAN Lagopus mutus (Breed.) Ge: Alpenschneehuhn, Fr: Lagopede alpin, Da: Fjeldrype, Sw: Fjällripa, Icel: Rjúpa. COOT Fulica atra (Rare breed.) Ge: Blässhuhn, Fr: Foulque macroule, Da: Blishøne, Sw: Sothöna, Icel: Bleshæna. RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula (Rare breed.) Ge: Sandregenpfeifer, Fr: Grand Gravelot, Da: Stor præstekrave, Sw: Större strandpipare, Icel: Sandlóa. GOLDEN PLOVER Pluvialis apricaria (Breed.) Ge: Goldregenpfeifer, Fr: Pluvier dore, Da: Hjejle, Sw: Ljungpipare, Icel: Heiðlóa. TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres (Pass. migr.) Ge: Steinwalzer, Fr: Tournepierre a collier, Da: Stenvender, Sw: Roskarl, Icel: Tildra. COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago (Breed.) Ge: Bekassine, Fr: Becassine des marais, Da: Dobbeltbekkasin, Sw: Enkelbeckasin, Icel: Hrossagaukur. WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopus (Breed.) Ge: Regenbrachvogel, Fr: Courlis corlieu, Da: Lille regnspove, Sw: Småspov, Icel: Spói. BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa (Breed.) Ge: Uferschnepfe, Fr: Barge a queue noire, Da: Stor kobbersneppe, Sw: Rödspov, Icel: Jaðrakan. WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola (Rare breed.) Ge: Bruchwasserlaufer, Fr: Chevalier sylvain, Da: Tinksmed, Sw: Grönbena, Icel: Flóastelkur. REDSHANK Tringa totanus (Breed.) Ge: Rotschenkel, Fr: Chevalier gambette, Da: Rødben, Sw: Rödbena, Icel: Stelkur. KNOT Calidris canutus (Pass. migr.) Ge: Knutt, Fr: Becasseau maubeche, Da: Islandsk ryle, Sw: Kustsnäppa, Icel: Rauðbrystingur. PURPLE SANDPIPER Calidris maritima (Visit.) Ge: Meerstrandlaufer, Fr: Becasseau violet, Da: Sortgrå ryle, Sw: Skärsnäppa, Icel: Sendlingur. DUNLIN Calidris alpina (Breed.) Ge: Alpenstrandlaufer, Fr: Becasseau variable, Da: Almindelig ryle, Sw: Karrsnäppa, Icel: Lóuþræll. RUFF Philomachus pugnax (Vagr.) Ge: Kampflaufer, Fr: Combattant varie, Da: Brushane, Sw: Brushane, Icel: Rúkragi. RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Phalaropus lobatus (Breed.) Ge: Odinshuhnchen, Fr: Phalarope a bec etroit, Da: Odinshane, Sw: Smalnäbbad simsnappa, Icel: Óðinshani. GREAT SKUA Catharacta skua (Visit.) Ge: Grosse Raubmöwe, Fr: Grande Labbe, Da: Storkjove, Sw: Storlabb, Icel: Skúmur. ARCTIC SKUA Stercorarius parasiticus (Visit.) Ge: Schmarotzerraubmöwe, Fr: Labbe parasite, Da: Almindelig kjove, Sw: Labb, Icel: Kjói. GREATER BLACK-BACKED GULL Larus marinus (Visit., Rare breed.) Ge: Mantelmöwe, Fr: Goeland marin, Da: Svartbag, Sw: Havstrut, Icel: Svartbakur. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Larus fuscus (Visit.) Ge: Heringsmöwe, Fr: Goeland brun, Da: Sildemåge, Sw: Silltrut, Icel: Sílamáfur. HERRING GULL Larus argentatus (Visit.) Ge: Silbermöwe, Fr: Goeland argente, Da: S¢lvmåge, Sw: Gråtrut, Icel: Silfurmáfur. GLAUCOUS GULL Larus hyperboreus (Visit.) Ge: Eismöwe, Fr: Goeland bourgmestre, Da: Gråmåge, Sw: Vittrut, Icel: Hvítmáfur. BLACK-HEADED GULL Larus ridibundus (Breed.) Ge: Lachmöwe, Fr: Mouette rieuse, Da: Hættemåge, Sw: Skrattmås, Icel: Hettumáfur. ARCTIC TERN Sterna paradisaea (Breed.) Ge: Kustenseeschwalbe, Fr: Sterne arctique, Da: Havterne, Sw: Silvertarna, Icel: Kría. SNOWY OWL Nyctea scandiaca (Rare visit.) Ge: Schneeeule, Fr: Harfang des neiges, Da: Sneugle, Sw: Fjälluggla, Icel: Snæugla. SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus (Breed.) Ge: Sumpfohreule, Fr: Hibou des marais, Da: Mosehornugle, Sw: Jorduggla, Icel: Brandugla. RAVEN Corvus corax (Breed.) Ge: Kolkrabe, Fr: Grand Corbeau, Da: Ravn, Sw: Korp, Icel: Hrafn. WREN Troglodytes troglodytes (Breed.) Ge: Zaunkönig, Fr: Troglodyte mignon, Da: Gærdesmutte, Sw: Gärdsmyg, Icel: Músarrindill. REDWING Turdus iliacus (Breed.) Ge: Rotdrossel, Fr: Grive mauvis, Da: Vindrossel, Sw: Rödvingetrast, Icel: Skógarþröstur. WHEATEAR Oenanthe oenanthe (Breed.) Ge: Steinschmätzer, Fr: Traquet motteux, Da: Stenpikker, Sw: Stenskvätta, Icel: Steindepill. MEADOW PIPIT Anthus pratensis (Breed.) Ge: Wiesenpieper, Fr: Pipit farlouse, Da: Engpiber, Sw: Ängspiplarka, Icel: Þúfutittlingur. WAGTAIL Motacilla alba (Breed.) Ge: Bachstelze, Fr: Bergeronnette grise, Da: Hvid vipstjert, Sw: Sädesärla, Icel: Maríuerla. REDPOLL Achanthis flammaea (Breed.) Ge: Birkenzeisig, Fr: Sizerin flamme, Da: Gråsisken, Sw: Gråsiska, Icel: Auðnutittlingur. BRAMBLING Fringilla montifringilla (Rare breed.) Ge: Bergfink, Fr: Pinson du Nord, Da: Kvækerfinke, Sw: Bergfink, Icel: Fjallafinka. SNOW BUNTING Plectrophenax nivalis (Breed.) Ge: Schneeammer, Fr: Bruant des neiges, Da: Snespurv, Sw: Snösparv, Icel: Snj&oacutetittlingur