Endangered Species of Birds

Changes in the environment and natural habitat of birds following the ever increasing human population has resulted in the extinction of many species of birds. Many other kinds of birds have been declared to be endangered. The following article will throw light on the endangered species of birds.
| Monday, January 19, 2009
Endangered species are those whose numbers are extremely low and the species are on the verge of extinction. The habitats of birds are continuously been destroyed with the growing human population. As a result of this as many as 403 birds have become endangered. Many other bird species have also reduced in numbers in spite of greater government protection.

Some of these endangered bird species include:

Whooping Crane
The breeding grounds of these endangered birds are found in the North West Territory area of Canada within the Wood Buffalo National Park. In the 1930s the population of these birds fell to only around 16 birds and following the massive reduction in the number of these birds the American government made efforts to save this bird from extinction. These birds head towards Texas to stay during the winter season. While these areas are protected, other surrounding areas are used for industrial and commercial purposes and this can endanger the cranes. In recent times only 320 of these endangered birds have been left in the world and some of them can be found in captivity.

Ivory billed Woodpecker
The Ivory billed woodpecker has been listed one of the endangered birds even though it has already being declared extinct in the year 1997. Some sightings were reported in the 1980s in Cuba but there was no solid evidence of the existence of the birds since then. In fact these birds have not been seen by anyone in United States in more than 30 years.

Puerto Rican Parrot
The Puerto Rican Parrot has been featured on the endangered bird species list since the year 1967. In the year 1493 when the Spanish set foot in Puerto Rico there were as many as 100,000 parrots in the area. With the increasing population in Puerto Rico the population of the parrots declined. With the increasing human population the population of the birds reduced and by 1975 the population of these birds had reduced to an all time low figure of 13 birds. Now there are around 56 parrots kept in captivity and 26 parrots in the wild.

Mexican Spotted Owl
Mexican Spotted Owls have reduced to only 2000 in the world and because of this the habitat of these birds has been protected for the past 10 years. Around 90 percent of these endangered birds territory is in Arizona and areas of New Mexico. Forest fires and logging have been responsible for destroying the habitat of these endangered bird species.

Wood Stork
Wood Storks are usually found in regions such as marshes, ponds and swamps in southern regions of United States and also Argentina. Over a period of 60 years the population of these endangered birds has reduced from 60000 birds to around 9000 birds. Such a reduction in numbers have been largely due to the widespread destruction of the wetlands in areas of North America and also because of the large amount of pollution. Wood storks are related to flamingo and heron birds and are between two and four feet tall.

Crested Shelduck
The crested sheduck has been declared as a critically endangered bird species with a population of fewer than 50 mature birds. These birds are found in the eastern Asian region.

White Winged Duck
The white winged duck have been classified as an endangered bird with less than 2500 mature white winged ducks found in the world. These birds can be seen in the Southern Asian region.

Marquesan Kingfisher
Marquesan kingfishers are endangered species as a result of their completely fragmented population and the projected decline of these birds along with the quality and area of their habitat.

California Condor
California Candor are classified as members of the Eagle, hawk and vulture family. These are classified as critically endangered species as the population of these birds is less than 50 in number. These birds are found in the United States.

Mauritius Kestrel
Mauritius Kestrel are members of the family of eagles, vultures and hawks. This was initially classified as endangered species and was later on upgraded to the category known as vulnerable species.

A few other endangered bird species include:
  • Siberian White Crane
  • White Naped Crane
  • Albaross short tailed
  • Alethe Thyolo
  • Bristlebird Western Rufous
  • Great Indian bustard
  • White winged Cotinga
  • Banded Cotinga
  • Japanese Crane
  • Black necked Crane
  • White necked Crow
  • Cloven feathered Dove
  • Red billed Curassow
  • Pink headed Duck
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Philippine Eagle
  • Chinese Egret
  • Eurasian peregrine Falcon
  • Tahiti Flycatcher
  • Spanish Imperial Eagle
  • Euler’s Flycatcher
  • Galapagos Hawk
  • Japanese Crested Ibis
  • Little Blue Macaw
  • Raso Lark
  • Arabian Ostrich
  • Turquoise Parakeet
  • Ground parrot
  • Red browned Parrot
  • Red necked parrot
  • Bar tailed Pheasant
  • Imperial Pheasant
  • Red Siskin
  • Laysan Duck
  • Short eared Owl
  • American Bittern
  • Black Tern
  • Northern harrier
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Wilson's Phalarope
  • Wilson's Phalarope
  • Barn Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
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