Threatened Bird Species



According to the 2021 IUCN Red List, 1,446 bird species are considered threatened with extinction (i.e. in the categories of “Critically Endangered”, “Endangered” and “Vulnerable”). This represents 13% of the total of 10,962 extant bird species in the world.

An additional 1,011 species are considered “Near Threatened” and 5 are “Extinct in the Wild”, giving a total of 2,462 species that are priorities for conservation.

We aim to create galleries for as many of the world’s 10,962 extant bird species as possible by:

1) Creating Species Galleries enriched with available media including photographs, video, audioclips and factsheets.

2) Conservation Status of Species will be marked CR (Critical), EN (Endangered), VU (Vulnerable), NT (Near Threatened) or LC (Least Concern).

3) Publishing Articles when the conservation status of any of these bird species changes and new information becomes available.

CR: Critically Endangered

According to the 2021 IUCN Red List, 226 of the world’s 10,962 extant bird species are “Critically Endangered”. A “Critically Endangered” species faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. The photographs of the “Critically Endangered” species below have been archived by our Species Champions.

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EN: Endangered

According to the 2021 IUCN Red List, 447 of the world’s 10,962 extant bird species are “Endangered”. An “Endangered” species faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild. The photographs of the “Endangered” species below have been archived by our Species Champions.

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VU: Vulnerable

According to the 2021 IUCN Red List, 773 of the world’s 10,962 extant bird species are “Vulnerable”. A “Vulnerable” species faces a high risk of extinction in the wild. The photographs of the “Vulnerable” species below have been archived by our Species Champions.

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NT: Near Threatened

According to the 2021 IUCN Red List, 1,011 of the world’s 10,962 extant bird species are “Near Threatened”. A “Near Threatened” species is close to qualifying for a threatened category in the near future. The photographs of the “Near Threatened” species below have been archived by our Species Champions.

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