how many birds are endangered in the us

Order Psittaciformes (parrots) edit

Family Psittacidae (African and neotropical parrots)

  • Thick-billed parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) EN

Order Piciformes (woodpeckers and relatives) edit

  • Ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) CR

Order Anseriformes (waterfowl) edit

Family Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

Family Cathartidae (New World vultures)

  • California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) CR

Order Charadriiformes (waders, gulls, and auks) edit

  • Red-legged kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris) VU

Order Galliformes (gamefowl) edit

  • Hawaiian coot (Fulica alai) VU
  • Whooping crane (Grus americana) EN

The white-faced Black-capped Petrel’s nesting areas were previously unknown, but on September 30, a satellite-tracked bird crossed into the Dominican Republic, revealing a potentially new nesting area east of known colonies, and at an earlier date than birds typically return to nest. This success was the result of an ABC project. More seabird news: ABC has started the bidding process for a fence construction project on Hawaii’s northwest Molokai, where the goal is to draw Laysan Albatrosses to build their nests on high cliffs protected from rising seas.

An ABC project to locate previously unknown nesting areas of the white-faced form of the Black-capped Petrel succeeded when on September 30 a satellite tracked bird crossed into the Dominican Republic, revealing a potentially new nesting area east of known colonies, and at an earlier date than birds usually return to nest. In other seabird news, ABC has begun the process of bidding out a fence construction project for northwestern Molokai in Hawaii, where we hope to attract Laysan Albatrosses to nest on high cliffs safe from rising seas.

Nine bird species have been found or rediscovered thanks to work supported by ABC, including the Antioquia Brushfinch, Tachira Antpitta, and Yellow-eared Parrot. The Blue-throated Macaw and Gray-breasted Parakeet are two of the seven threatened species for which ABC has provided support for nest box programs (the latter helping fledge 841 chicks of this EN species)

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which includes species like Brazil’s Stresemanns Bristlefront and Colombia’s Blue-billed Curassow, as well as species that are native to the United States and included on the U.S. S. Endangered Species Act, which protects both Hawaiian birds like the Akikiki and Akekee as well as mainland species like the Piping Plover and California Condor.

In 2016, an ABC report documented that 38 ESA-listed species were increasing, 15 were stable, 24 declining, and 17 were of uncertain status or extinct (most of these being Hawaiian species already close to extinction in 1973 when the Act was passed). The report also revealed that 29 species showed status improvements over the most recent prior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment (conducted in 2010), and that only five had deteriorated.


What is the #1 most endangered bird?

1. Kakapo. The Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus), a nocturnal, flightless parrot native to New Zealand, is an enigmatic and unique species.

What is the biggest threat to birds in the United States?

All of the habitats used by a bird play a role in its survival, and the loss or degradation of any one of them can potentially have a population-level impact. It is little surprise, then, that habitat loss is the greatest threat to birds. There are few habitats on Earth that have not been affected by humans.

How many birds have been lost in the last 50 years?

Sometimes they’re even our neighbors. But the birds we love, are vanishing. An alarming new study reveals that the population of North American birds has dropped nearly 30% since 1970. That’s almost three billion birds gone.