What are the endangered/threatened birds you’ve seen so far?

It’s always a great experience seeing a rare species. Here are mine:

Eurasian curlew (Near threatened)
curlew sandpiper (Near threatened)
Bar-tailed godwit (Near threatened)
Ferruginous duck (Near threatened)
Great spotted eagle (vulnerable)
Socotra cormorant (Vulnerable)
Sociable lapwing (Critically Endangered)

What are the endangered species you’ve seen?


Eastern Black Rail (threatened)
Wood Stork (threatened)
Florida Scrub-jay (threatened)
Orange-breasted Falcon (near threatened)
Snowy Plover (threatened)
Piping Plover (threatened)
West Indian Manatee (threatened)
Smooth Coneflower (threatened)
Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander (endangered)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (endangered)
Red Wolf (endangered)

Note: I’ve listed the US ESA designation rather than IUCN only because I know the former off the top of my head and would have to look up the latter. The orange-breasted falcon is an exception because it does not occur in the U.S.

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Is there an easy way to look this up? I would not even know if the species were endangered or not… I know I have seen some like certain penguins or the crested lark which is at least in Germany endangered with only 2% of the original populations size remaining… but apparently not in the rest of the world


I’m just now realizing that the prompt was specifically for birds. Oops!

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Pacific Parrotlet (CITES appendix II)
Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan (near threatened)
Gray-backed Hawk (endangered)
Rufous-headed Chachalaca (vulnerable)
Chilean Flamingo (near threatened)
Double-crested Cormorant (vulnerable) (USA)
Peruvian Pelican (near threatened)
Violet-throated Metaltail (endangered)
Esmeraldas Woodstar (vulnerable)
Merlin (vulnerable) (USA)
Yellow-throated Toucan (near threatened)
Little Woodstar (vulnerable)
Humboldt Penguin (vulnerable)

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you can use the cs (conservation status), csi (CS IUCN), and csa (CS authority) parameters with API requests to most of the /v1/observation endpoints. for example: https://jumear.github.io/stirfry/iNatAPIv1_observations_species_counts?user_id=ajott&csi=en,cr,ew,ex


I don’t have too many, but the Maui Parrotbill (Pseudonestor xanthophrys) is probably my most rare observation to date.


Chimney Swift
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Snowy Owl
Florida Scrub-Jay
Whooping Crane

Probably some other I don’t realize are threatened.


I made this list of my IUCN Red List Critically Endangered (CR) Birds in a similar topic at https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/most-endangered-birds-youve-seen-as-of-august-2021/25981/5

Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia)
Ruppell’s Griffon (Gyps rueppelli)
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)
Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)
Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae)

I am not sure the status of each is still the same.


Cool, thank you! I don´t understand half of what you worte there but I do understand the link and it will go into my ever growing link list :-)

I am not a huge birder (mostly due to technical limitations), but some rarer endangered ones I got
Spheniscus mendiculus
Spheniscus demersus
Morus capensis
Phalacrocorax capensis
Phalacrocorax neglectus
Terathopius ecaudatus
Torgos tracheliotos
Necrosyrtes monachus
Forpus coelestis
Brotogeris cyanoptera
Pionites melanocephalus
Sagittarius serpentarius
Sterna dougallii
Mycteria ibis
Ara ararauna

Phoenicopterus roseus
Calidris ferruginea
Pelecanus thagus
Zenaida galapagoensis
Psittacara erythrogenys
Sturnella magna

Otis tarda
Leucophaeus fuliginosus
Corvus frugilegus
Hydroprogne caspia
Pelecanus rufescens

The Forpus coelestis were for sure some thath made me seriously happy when observing. We were walkign when I out of the blue saw those tiny parrots landing right in front of us. Tha is when also the second to last picture in that thread was taken :-D

EDIT: Updated the list after I found more in my observations

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I’m not a birder at all, but seeing “extinct” pop up on inaturalist for these random birds along the road was funny: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/119197079

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It’s easier to go with links, here’s the global iNat list, but I’m more interested in at least a country list, here it is:
Eurasian Griffon
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Little Tern
Red-footed Falcon
Imperial Eagle
Pied Avocet
White-tailed Eagle
Black Vulture
Kentish Plover
Demoiselle Crane
Glossy Ibis
Eurasian Curlew
Horned Grebe
Arctic Loon
European Roller
Long-legged Buzzard
European Turtle-Dove
Great Bustard
Lesser Kestrel
Curlew Sandpiper
Golden Eagle
Bearded Vulture
Black Stork
Levant Sparrowhawk
Mandarin Duck
Yellow-billed Grosbeak
Lesser Spotted Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle
Little Bustard
Eastern Curlew
Saker Falcon
Pallid Harrier
Pallas’s Gull
Falcated Duck
Pygmy Cormorant
Then of course there’re regional lists, e.g. of MO


I saw a Falcated Duck in northern California, United States quite a few years ago. It was extremely popular because it was far out of its normal range. It was very beautiful. Thanks for the reminder.

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I’ve seen the Egyptian vulture a few times and the Himalayan griffon vulture (near threatened)


I guess I only have two, both of which are actually pretty common throughout the US and are listed as LC globally. It turns out that they’re both endangered in my state/county though, so I thought I might as well share them.
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant


haha… now using this site and clicking on the “Heart of the matter” Achievment I found more endangered species I observed… I updated my comment above


@Fahoodie1852 can I re-open your previous topic and move this to it? That would keep the conversation in one place. The topic title could be edited, of course.

EDIT: whoops, I forgot that topic was created by someone else.

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Greater Prairie-Chicken, too, can’t believe I forgot it.

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Grey Crowned Crane (Endangered)
Snowy Plover (Threatened)
White-faced Ibis (“Imperiled” in Canada, though their population only seems to be increasing)
Long-tailed Duck (“Vulnerable” in Canada)
Kori Bustard (near threatened)
Bank Swallow (“Threatened” in Canada, especially in the area where I’ve birded I’ve seen a dramatic decline)
Evening Grosbeak (“Vulnerable” globally)
Western Sandpiper (“Critically Imperilled” in Canada)
I know it’s not that impressive but Canada doesn’t have too much endangered birds that aren’t either restricted to military bombing ranges or in areas were people aren’t allowed to go, (Whooping Crane, Burrowing Owl, Sage Grouse)

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Whooping Cranes can be seen from the road in farmer’s fields just north of Saskatoon - with a little research I was able to see them within 20 minutes of arriving. Similarly Burrowing Owls can be found in Grasslands National Park. Granted both these places are about 650 - 700km from Calgary.

The goal posts move a bit when looking at endangered/threatened birds depending on whether it is a global perspective or a regional (provincial/country) perspective. If I just use the threatened filter on explore I come up with 180 species but if I use the filter that @pisum offered above:

With mixed feelings (unfortunate for the birds as a whole but fortunate for me to see few of the few) I have observe 29 species (IUCN):
Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus
Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora

White-crowned Hornbill Berenicornis comatus
Javan Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis ssp. cochinchinensis
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea
Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
Ludwig’s Bustard Neotis ludwigii
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Zanda latirostris
Whooping Crane Grus americana
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus

Critically Endangered
White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis
Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus
Black Stilt Himantopus novaezelandiae
Bali Myna Leucopsar rothschildi
California Condor Gymnogyps californianus
Red-breasted Dotterel Charadrius obscurus
Black-winged Myna Acridotheres melanopterus
Baudin’s Black Cockatoo Zanda baudinii

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