Red List 2017 Bird update
The latest Red List update has been published!
To know more about the new List, download BirdLife’s Bird Red List Roundup infographic.
Of the total of 11,122 bird species currently recognised by BirdLife International and IUCN:
156 species have gone Extinct since the year 1500 – there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.
Five species are Extinct in the Wild, surviving only in captivity.
222 species are Critically Endangered, of which 21 are Possibly Extinct and one is Possibly Extinct in the Wild.
Critically Endangered species are considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
461 species are Endangered, meaning that they have a very high risk of extinction in the wild.
786 species are Vulnerable, having a high risk of extinction in the wild.
Together, species in the three categories of Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable are referred to as globally threatened. Around 13%, or one in eight, of all extant bird species are currently listed as globally threatened.
· 1,017 species are Near Threatened – these are close to qualifying for, or likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.
· 8,417 species are Least Concern – they are not currently thought to be close to qualifying for listing in any of the threatened categories at the global level.
· 58 species are Data Deficient – there is not enough information to assess their extinction risk.
In the Pacific
Two species of kiwi are recovering and have been downlisted from Vulnerable to Endangered.
New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2017, the Kea (Nestor notabilis), does the opposite. New information reveals it is declining rapidly enough to be uplisted to Endangered.