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Birds, our chirpy feathered friends, who have amazed us by their aerodynamics and exotic colors, are under great threat. There are 9,934 species of birds that are extant in the world today, out of which, a staggering 1,313 (13%) are threatened under extinction. As the recent data by the IUCN states, around 197 species are considered critically endangered, and 389 are listed as endangered. The rest are categorized under vulnerable.

Since the 1500s, 130 species of birds have gone extinct, and the number sadly continues to be on the rise. In fact, 4 species of birds are said to be extinct in the wild. However, conservationists are working towards reviving their numbers. The greatest threat to these birds are, well of course, us humans! Deforestation and poaching, along with changing climatic conditions are contributing to the decrease in their numbers.

Birds Listed Extinct in the wild

• Alagoas Curassow
• Guam Rail
• Socorro Dove
• Hawaiian Crow

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Birds Listed Critically Endangered

• Akekee
• Akikiki
• Akohekohe
• Alagoas Antwren
• Alagoas Foliage-gleaner
• Amsterdam Albatross
• Anjouan Scops-owl
• Antioquia Brush-Finch
• Araripe Manakin
• Archer's Lark
• Bachman's Warbler
• Bahia Tapaculo
• Balearic Shearwater
• Bali Starling
• Banggai Crow
• Beck's Petrel
• Belding's Yellowthroat
• Bengal Florican
• Black Stilt
• Black-breasted Puffleg
• Black-chinned Monarch
• Black-hooded Coucal
• Black-winged Starling
• Blue-billed Curassow
• Blue-crowned Laughingthrush
• Blue-eyed Ground-dove
• Blue-fronted Lorikeet
• Blue-throated Macaw
• Brazilian Merganser
• California Condor
• Campbell Islands Teal
• Carrizal Seedeater
• Cebu Flowerpecker
• Cerulean Paradise-flycatcher
• Chatham Islands Shag
• Cherry-throated Tanager
• Chinese Crested Tern
• Christmas Frigatebird
• Colorful Puffleg
• Cone-billed Tanager
• Cozumel Thrasher
• Crested Shelduck
• Crow Honeyeater
• Cuban Kite
• Djibouti Francolin
• Dusky Starfrontlet
• Dwarf Olive Ibis
• Eskimo Curlew
• Faichuk White-eye
• Nihoa Millerbird
• Fatuhiva Monarch
• Fiji Petrel
• Floreana Mockingbird
• Flores Hawk-eagle
• Forest Owlet
• Galápagos Petrel
• Giant Ibis
• Glaucous Macaw
• Golden White-eye
• Gorgeted Puffleg
• Gough Bunting
• Grand Comoro Scops-owl
• Grenada Dove
• Gray-breasted Parakeet
• Guadalupe Storm-petrel
• Himalayan Quail
• Honduran Emerald
• Hooded Seedeater
• Imperial Woodpecker
• Indian Vulture
• Indigo-winged Parrot
• Iquitos Gnatcatcher
• Isabela Oriole
• Ivory-billed Woodpecker
• Jamaica Petrel
• Jamaican Pauraque
• Javan Lapwing
• Jerdon's Courser
• Juan Fernández Firecrown
• Junin Grebe
• Kaempfer's Woodpecker
• Kakapo
• Kinglet Calyptura
• Kittlitz's Murrelet
• Laysan Duck
• Liben Lark
• Liberian Greenbul
• Long-billed Tailorbird
• Madagascar Fish-eagle
• Madagascar Pochard
• Magenta Petrel
• Makira Moorhen
• Malherbe's Parakeet
• Mangrove Finch
• Mariana Crow
• Marquesan Kingfisher
• Masafuera Rayadito
• Mascarene Petrel
• Maui Parrotbill
• Mauritius Olive White-eye
• Medium Tree-finch
• Millerbird
• Mindoro Bleeding-heart
• Moheli Scops-owl
• Montserrat Oriole
• Munchique Wood-wren
• Negros Bleeding-heart
• Negros Fruit-dove
• New Caledonian
• New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar
• New Caledonian Rail
• New Zealand Storm-petrel
• Niceforo's Wren
• Night Parrot
• Nightingale Reed-warbler
• Nihoa Finch
• Northern Bald Ibis
• Nukupuu
• Oahu Alauahio
• Okinawa Woodpecker
• Olomao
• Orange-bellied Parrot
• Ou
• Pale-headed Brush-finch
• Palila
• Pernambuco Pygmy-owl
• Philippine Cockatoo
• Philippine Eagle
• Pink-headed Duck
• Pohnpei Starling
• Polynesian Ground-dove
• Poo-uli
• Puaiohi
• Puerto Rican Amazon
• Puerto Rican Nightjar
• Purple-winged Ground-dove
• Raso Lark
• Red-headed Vulture
• Red-throated Lorikeet
• Restinga Antwren
• Reunion Cuckooshrike
• Ridgway's Hawk
• Rio de Janeiro Antwren
• Rota Bridled White-eye
• Royal Cinclodes
• Rueck's Blue-flycatcher
• Rufous-headed Hornbill
• Samoan Moorhen
• Sangihe Shrike-thrush
• Sangihe White-eye
• Sao Tome Fiscal
• Sao Tome Grosbeak
• Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird
• Semper's Warbler
• Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher
• Short-crested Coquette
• Siau Scops-owl
• Siberian Crane
• Silvery Wood-pigeon
• Slender-billed Curlew
• Slender-billed Vulture
• Sociable Lapwing
• Socorro Mockingbird
• Spix's Macaw
• Spoon-billed Sandpiper
• St Helena Plover
• Stresemann's Bristlefront
• Sulu Bleeding-heart
• Sulu Hornbill
• Sumatran Ground-cuckoo
• Tachira Antpitta
• Tahiti Monarch
• Taita Apalis
• Taita Thrush
• Townsend's Shearwater
• Trinidad Piping-guan
• Tristan Albatross
• Tuamotu Kingfisher
• Turquoise-throated Puffleg
• Uluguru Bush-shrike
• Waved Albatross
• White-bellied Cinclodes
• White-bellied Heron
• White-chested White-eye
• White-collared Kite
• White-eyed River-martin
• White-rumped Vulture
• White-shouldered Ibis
• White-winged Guan
• Yellow-crested Cockatoo
• Zapata Rail
• Zino's Petrel


Birds Listed as Endangered

• Abbott's Booby
• Aberdare Cisticola
• African Penguin
• Akepa
• Akiapolaau
• Alagoas Tyrannulet
• Algerian Nuthatch
• Amani Sunbird
• Amber Mountain Rock-thrush
• Antioquia Bristle-tyrant
• Apolinar's Wren
• Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant
• Ash-throated Antwren
• Ash's Lark
• Ashy Storm-petrel
• Asian Crested Ibis
• Atlantic Petrel
• Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross
• Australasian Bittern
• Australian Painted Snipe
• Azores Bullfinch
• Azure-rumped Tanager
• Baer's Pochard
• Bahama Swallow
• Bahia Tyrannulet
• Banded Cotinga
• Banded Ground-cuckoo
• Banded Wattle-eye
• Bank Cormorant
• Bannerman's Turaco
• Barau's Petrel
• Basra Reed-warbler
• Bates's Weaver
• Baudin's Black-cockatoo
• Baudo Guan
• Baudo Oropendola
• Bay-breasted Cuckoo
• Bermuda Petrel
• Biak Monarch
• Biak Scops-owl
• Black Robin
• Black Shama
• Black-billed Gull
• Black-browed Albatross
• Black-capped Petrel
• Black-cheeked Ant-tanager
• Black-chinned Laughingthrush
• Black-eared Miner
• Black-faced Spoonbill
• Black-footed Albatross
• Black-fronted Piping-guan
• Black-fronted Tern
• Black-hooded Antwren
• Black-polled Yellowthroat
• Black-spectacled Brush-finch
• Blackish-headed Spinetail
• Blakiston's Fish-owl
• Blue Duck
• Blue-capped Hummingbird
• Blue-headed Quail-dove
• Blue-winged Racquet-tail
• Bogota Rail
• Bolivian Spinetail
• Bornean Peacock-pheasant
• Botha's Lark
• Bridled White-eye
• Brown Teal
• Brown-backed Parrotlet
• Brown-banded Antpitta
• Bruijn's Brush-turkey
• Buff-breasted Buttonquail
• Cape Verde Warbler
• Carnaby's Black-cockatoo
• Cauca Guan
• Chatham Oystercatcher
• Chatham Parakeet
• Chatham Petrel
• Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer
• Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird
• Chestnut-capped Piha
• Chilean Woodstar
• Choco Vireo
• Chuuk Monarch
• Clarke's Weaver
• Cochabamba Mountain-finch
• Collared Laughingthrush
• Congo Bay-owl
• Crowned Eagle
• Cuban Sparrow
• Eastern Bristlebird
• Ecuadorian Tapaculo
• Edwards's Pheasant
• Egyptian Vulture
• El Oro Parakeet
• Elegant Sunbird
• Erect-crested Penguin
• Esmeraldas Woodstar
• Ethiopian Bush-crow
• Flame-templed Babbler
• Flightless Cormorant
• Flores Crow
• Flores Hanging-parrot
• Flores Monarch
• Flores Scops-owl
• Forbes's Blackbird
• Forty-spotted Pardalote
• Fringe-backed Fire-eye
• Fuerteventura Stonechat
• Gabela Akalat
• Gabela Bush-shrike
• Gabela Helmet-shrike
• Galapagos Penguin
• Giant Kingbird
• Gola Malimbe
• Gold-ringed Tanager
• Golden Parakeet
• Golden-backed Mountain-tanager
• Golden-cheeked Warbler
• Golden-naped Weaver
• Golden-shouldered Parrot
• Gorgeted Wood-quail
• Gouldian Finch
• Grand Comoro Drongo
• Grand Comoro Flycatcher
• Grauer's Swamp-warbler
• Great Green Macaw
• Great Indian Bustard
• Greater Adjutant
• Green Peafowl
• Gray-backed Hawk
• Gray-bellied Comet
• Gray-cheeked Parakeet
• Gray-crowned Crocias
• Gray-headed Warbler
• Guam Swiftlet
• Gundlach's Hawk
• Gunnison Sage-grouse
• Gurney's Pitta
• Hainan Peacock-pheasant
• Hawaii Creeper
• Hawaiian Duck
• Helmeted Curassow
• Henderson Petrel
• Hispaniolan Crossbill
• Hoary-throated Spinetail
• Hooded Grebe
• Hook-billed Hermit
• Horned Curassow
• Horned Guan
• Hutton's Shearwater
• Hyacinth Macaw
• Ibadan Malimbe
• Imperial Amazon
• Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
• Itombwe Nightjar
• Jamaican Blackbird
• Japanese Night-heron
• Javan Hawk-eagle
• Javan Trogon
• Jocotoco Antpitta
• Junin Rail
• Kaempfer's Tody-tyrant
• Kagu
• Kaka
• Kiritimati Reed-warbler
• Kofiau Paradise-kingfisher
• Kokako
• Kungwe Apalis
• La Selle Thrush
• Lear's Macaw
• Lesser Florican
• Lompobatang Flycatcher
• Long-legged Thicketbird
• Long-whiskered Owlet
• Lord Howe Woodhen
• Loveridge's Sunbird
• Ludwig's Bustard
• Madagascar Heron
• Madagascar Pond-heron
• Madagascar Sacred Ibis
• Madagascar Serpent-eagle
• Madagascar Teal
• Maleo
• Mallee Emu-wren
• Mangrove Hummingbird
• Mao
• Marbled Murrelet
• Mariana Fruit-dove
• Marquesan Imperial-pigeon
• Marquesan Monarch
• Marsh Seedeater
• Marsh Tapaculo
• Marvelous Spatuletail
• Masked Finfoot
• Matinan Flycatcher
• Maui Alauahio
• Mauritius Fody
• Mauritius Parakeet
• Meller's Duck
• Micronesian Megapode
• Minas Gerais Tyrannulet
• Mindoro Hornbill
• Mindoro Imperial-pigeon
• Moluccan Woodcock
• Mount Cameroon Francolin
• Mount Kupe Bush-shrike
• Mountain Grackle
• Nahan's Francolin
• Narcondam Hornbill
• Negros Striped-babbler
• New Zealand Dotterel
• Newell's Shearwater
• Nilgiri Blue Robin
• Norfolk Island Parakeet
• Northern Brown Kiwi
• Northern Rockhopper Penguin
• Northern Royal Albatross
• Ochre-fronted Antpitta
• Okinawa Rail
• Orange-bellied Antwren
• Orange-breasted Bush-shrike
• Oriental Stork
• Parana Antwren
• Paria Redstart
• Perija Metaltail
• Perija Thistletail
• Peruvian Diving-petrel
• Peruvian Plantcutter
• Peruvian Tern
• Pfrimer's Parakeet
• Phoenix Petrel
• Pink Pigeon
• Pinto's Spinetail
• Pitcairn Reed-warbler
• Pitt Island Shag
• Plain-flanked Rail
• Plain-tailed Warbling-finch
• Plains-wanderer
• Polynesian Imperial-pigeon
• Polynesian Megapode
• Prigogine's Greenbul
• Pulitzer's Longbill
• Purple-backed Sunbeam
• Rarotonga Monarch
• Recurve-billed Bushbird
• Red Siskin
• Red-and-blue Lory
• Red-bellied Grackle
• Red-billed Curassow
• Red-breasted Goose
• Red-browed Amazon
• Red-crowned Amazon
• Red-crowned Crane
• Red-fronted Macaw
• Regent Honeyeater
• Reunion Harrier
• Rimatara Lorikeet
• Rodrigues Warbler
• Royal Sunangel
• Rubeho Akalat
• Rufous Fishing-owl
• Rufous Flycatcher
• Rufous-backed Bunting
• Rufous-breasted Warbling-finch
• Rufous-throated White-eye
• Russet-bellied Spinetail
• Rusty-flanked Crake
• Sakalava Rail
• San Cristobal Mockingbird
• Santa Cruz Ground-dove
• Santa Cruz Shrikebill
• Santa Marta Bush-tyrant
• Santa Marta Parakeet
• Santa Marta Sabrewing
• Scalloped Antbird
• Scaly-sided Merganser
• Scissor-tailed Hummingbird
• Serendib Scops Owl
• Seychelles Magpie-robin
• Seychelles Scops-owl
• Seychelles White-eye
• Sharpe's Longclaw
• Shore Plover
• Sichuan Partridge
• Sierra Madre Sparrow
• Slaty Becard
• Slender Antbird
• Slender-billed Flufftail
• Slender-billed White-eye
• Socorro Parakeet
• Sokoke Pipit
• Sokoke Scops Owl
• Sooty Albatross
• Splendid White-eye
• Spotted Greenshank
• Spotted Ground-thrush
• Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush
• St Lucia Black Finch
• Storm's Stork
• Streak-breasted Bulbul
• Sun Parakeet
• Swierstra's Francolin
• Swift Parrot
• Tahiti Reed-warbler
• Takahe
• Talaud Rail
• Taliabu Masked Owl
• Tawitawi Brown Dove
• Thick-billed Parrot
• Thyolo Alethe
• Timor Green-pigeon
• Timor Imperial-pigeon
• Titicaca Grebe
• Tolima Dove
• Tooth-billed Pigeon
• Tricoloured Blackbird
• Tuamotu Sandpiper
• Turner's Eremomela
• Tuxtla Quail-dove
• Udzungwa Forest-partridge
• Ultramarine Lorikeet
• Upper Magdalena Tapaculo
• Urich's Tyrannulet
• Usambara Akalat
• Usambara Hyliota
• Usambara Weaver
• Uvea Parakeet
• Van Dam's Vanga
• Venezuelan Flowerpiercer
• Venezuelan Sylph
• Vietnamese Pheasant
• Vinaceous Amazon
• Violet-throated Metaltail
• Visayan Hornbill
• Warsangli Linnet
• Wattled Curassow
• Wetar Ground-dove
• Whistling Warbler
• White-bellied Blue Robin
• White-breasted Thrasher
• White-browed Nuthatch
• White-browed Tit-Spinetail
• White-eared Night-heron
• White-eyed Starling
• White-headed Duck
• White-mantled Barbet
• White-tailed Laurel Pigeon
• White-throated Jungle-flycatcher
• White-throated Mountain-babbler
• White-throated Storm-petrel
• White-tipped Monarch
• White-winged Cotinga
• White winged Duck
• White-winged Flufftail
• White-winged Nightjar
• Whooping Crane
• Wilkins's Bunting
• Worthen's Sparrow
• Yellow Cardinal
• Yellow-billed Cotinga
• Yellow-browed Toucanet
• Yellow-eared Parrot
• Yellow-eyed Penguin
• Yellow-headed Amazon
• Yellow-headed Brush-finch
• Yellow-rumped Antwren
• Yellow-shouldered Blackbird
• Yellow-throated Apalis
• Yellow-throated Seedeater
• Yellowhead
• Zapata Wren


Birds Listed as Vulnerable

• Agami Heron
• Ash-breasted Antbird
• Ash-browed Spinetail
• Auckland Islands Teal
• Banded Sunbird
• Bare-eyed Antbird
• Bearded Screech-owl
• Black Curassow
• Black-footed Albatross
• Black-girdled Barbet
• Black-mandibled Toucan
• Black-tailed Antbird
• Blossomcrown
• Blue Crane
• Blue-throated Piping-guan
• Bonin White-eye
• Brown-banded Antpitta
• Brown-cheeked Hornbill
• Cinnamon-breasted Tody-tyrant
• Crimson-bellied Parakeet
• Dark-rumped Swift
• Dot-eared Coquette
• Eaton's Pintail
• Ecuadorian Piedtail
• Festive Amazon
• Great Spotted Kiwi
• Gray Falcon
• Gray Parrot
• Gray Tinamou
• Guianan Streaked Antwren
• Hoffmanns's Woodcreeper
• Hooded Plover
• Island Scrub-jay
• Karamoja Apalis
• Knobbed Hornbill
• Lemon-browed Flycatcher
• Lesser White-fronted Goose
• Lined Antshrike
• Long-tailed Duck
• Marcapata Spinetail
• Mato Grosso Woodcreeper
• Nilgiri Pipit
• Nonggang Babbler
• Ochre-breasted Pipit
• Opal-crowned Manakin
• Palawan Hornbill
• Partridge Pigeon
• Pearly Parakeet
• Pearly-breasted Conebill
• Philippine Duck
• Pink-throated Brilliant
• Puna Thistletail
• Rarotonga Monarch
• Red-bellied Grackle
• Red-billed Tyrannulet
• Red-lored Whistler
• Ruddy Pigeon
• Rusty-tinged Antpitta
• Santo Starling
• Sapphire Quail-dove
• Scaled Ground-cuckoo
• Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet
• Sinaloa Martin
• Southern Brown Kiwi
• Spanish Imperial Eagle
• Sprague's Pipit
• Straw-backed Tanager
• Sucre Antpitta
• Sulawesi Hornbill
• Swan Goose
• Tawny-chested Flycatcher
• Timneh Parrot
• Uniform Woodcreeper
• Vulturine Parrot
• White-bellied Piculet
• White-crested Guan
• White-capped Tanager
• White-headed Steamerduck
• White-streaked Antvireo
• White-winged Apalis
• Yelkouan Shearwater
• Yellow-breasted Antwren
• Yellow-breasted Pipit
• Yellow-casqued Hornbill
• Yellow-naped Amazon