The Top 5 Current Trends of Critically Endangered Bird Species

  Trend Number of Species Percentage of Total
1 Decreasing 125 66%
2 No known population 30 16%
3 Possibly Extinct 15 8%
4 Increasing 11 6%
5 Stable/fluctuating 9 5%
Share on Social Media:
 Facts
  1. Two-thirds of Critically Endangered species (66%) have declining populations, while small proportions are stable/fluctuating (5%) or increasing owing to conservation efforts (6%). However, for 16% there is currently no known population (often because there have been no recent searches). Another 15 ‘lost’ species (8%) may already be Extinct or Extinct in the Wild, but this has not yet been confirmed and further searches are required.
  2. A total of 190 species - 2% of the world’s birds - are considered Critically Endangered and face an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future.
  3. Critically Endangered species are found worldwide, with most countries supporting at least one species, but some countries holding particularly large numbers.
  4. In the latest assessment in 2008, 1,226 species are considered threatened with extinction. This represents 12% of the total of 9,856 living bird species in the world. Of the threatened species, 190 are considered Critically Endangered and are therefore at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
  5. Bird species face a range of threats, of which agriculture and invasive alien species (spread deliberately or accidentally by humans) are the most important. Hunting and trapping, logging, urbanization, pollution and fisheries are also significant threats, with climate change becoming increasingly important.
Top 5 facts sources: Critically Endangered Birds a Global Audit: A State of the World's Birds Report.
Tags: Animals & Nature, Threatened & Endangered Species

Sources:  Critically Endangered Birds a Global Audit: "A State of the World's Birds Report. "

List Notes: Data is the top 5 current trends for critically endangered bird species. Critically Endangered species require a combination of several types of conservation responses. Encouragingly, there is good evidence that if appropriate actions are implemented, underpinned by sound science, adequate resources and political will, species can recover – even from the brink of extinction.
Current Trends of Critically Endangered Bird Species

Related Top 5 Lists