Threatened Species



State Listed Birds of Georgia:

These birds receive legal protection at the state level (NOT federally under the Endangered Species Act). They do receive different protections under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other Conventions/Acts. See list of links below for more information on the conservaton status of birds.


Legend: C = Common; FC = Fairly Common; LC = Locally Common; LU = Locally Uncommon; U = Uncommon;

R = Rare; VR = Very Rare; Ca = Casual; Ac = Accidental; Ex = Extirpated; * = Nesting Verified


State Endangered:SpringSummerFallWinter
    American Peregrine Falcon  LU  LU*  LU  LU
    Golden-winged Warbler  U  VR*  U  
State Threatened:        
    Wilson's Plover  LC  FC*  FC  U
    Bald Eagle  U  LU*  U  U
    Gull-billed Tern  LU  LU*  U  
State Rare:        
    Bachman's Sparrow  LU  LU*  LU  LU
    Henslow's Sparrow  VR    R  R
    Red Knot  FC  VR  FC  LC
    Common Raven  LU  R*  R  R
    Cerulean Warbler  U  VR*  U  
    Swallow-tailed Kite  LU  LU*  LC  
    Peregrine Falcon (migrants)  U    LC  U
    Southeastern American Kestrel  R  R*  R  R
    American Oystercatcher  U  LU*  U  FC
    Black Skimmer  C  LU*  C
    Least Tern U  LC*  R  


































Federally Listed Birds of Georgia:

These birds receive legal protection at the state level AND federally under the Endangered Species Act, as well as under other Conventions/Acts.


Federally Endangered: SpringSummer Fall Winter 
    Ivory-billed Woodpecker  Ex  Ex  Ex  Ex
    Kirtland's Warbler  Ac    Ca  
    Wood Stork  FC  LC*  FC  U
    Red-cockaded Woodpecker  LU  LU*  LU  LU
Federally Threatened:         
    Piping Plover  LU  VR  U  U

Codes partially based upon designations taken from Dunn, Jon L. and J. Alderfer. 2011. Field Guide to the Birds of North America. National Geographic Society, sixth edition; and from data acquired from eBird. 2013. eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance [web application]. eBird, Ithaca, New York. Available: (Accessed: October 26, 2013).


Legislative and Protection Status Links:

Ga DNR Rare Bird Species Profiles profiles of birds receiving legal protection in Georgia

Ga DNR Protected Birds of Georgia non-link list of birds' state and federal listing status

GA Ecological Services Field Offices a USFWS link to federally Threatened & Endangered GA birds

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act explained by a birder in layman's terms

Migratory Bird Program page a USFWS page

The Migratory Bird Treaty the code as provided by Cornell University Law School LII page

The Endangered Species Act the code as provided by Cornell University Law School LII page (click on this link, then click "Resources" tab)

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act the code as provided by Michigan State University College of Law page

Federal Candidate Species Report USFWS Environmental Conservaton Online System page

Endangered Species Database search the USFWS endangered species database




We are amazed by the wonder and beauty of birds. They delight us with their voices and astonish us with their ingenuity. Their impact on the natural world and our own history should not be underestimated.


While we hear about many endangered birds, we often take for granted that birds will always fill the sky. We should constantly be concerned about those species that face extinction and work diligently to protect them. They are a top priority—unique and important. But it is also critical to be aware that there are many common birds whose populations are also rapidly declining. This news paints a picture of the overall health of the environment. It makes us pause to think about what role we can play to keep common birds common.


In the summer of 2007, National Audubon Society released a startling report which served as a wake up call to the alarming decrease in population of some of our most common birds. While some of these birds do not require immediate conservation action, their rapid and often steep declines over the past forty years raise some important questions. Why are these birds suffering such steep declines? Are these declines indicators of a down turn in the broader ecosystem health? What can we do to ensure these birds stay common?


At Atlanta Audubon Society, we believe that everyone can make a difference! Making a difference in the world begins with just one person... you! It means getting educated and getting involved. Whatever your talents or gifts, organizations devoted to protecting the natural world need you. Volunteering can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life and the beneficiaries of your commitment will be the birds that we all love!


Here are several other ways that you can make a difference!


What Can You Do?


Eastern Meadowlark - Jim WilsonPreserve Farmlands. Learn more about provisions in the federal Farm Bill and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays farmers to keep marginal farmlands idle and supports millions of acres of good bird habitat.


Make a Difference. Buy a hummingbird tag for your car. Proceeds go to the Non-Game Wildlife Conservation Fund. Contact the Motor Vehicle Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Share Your Passion for Birds by Volunteering. Volunteer with the Georgia Important Bird Areas Program to restore native grasslands by visiting our Georgia IBAs page and promote land conservation by supporting your local farmers. Smaller farms with hedgerows help protect grassland species.


Conserve Our Wetlands. Buy a Federal Duck Stamp. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds are used to acquire critical habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Buy them at most post offices, sporting goods stores, or online at


Northern Bobwhite - Jim WilsonCertify Your Backyard as a Wildlife Sanctuary. As more and more land becomes developed across Georgia, consider certifying your backyard as a wildlife sanctuary with Atlanta Audubon Society. Enhancing your property to include food and water sources, nesting sites, and shelter for birds will help provide critically habitat where development has eliminated many natural areas and important corridors for successful migration. For information on creating a sanctuary, go to: Atlanta Audubon Society Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Cerification.


Understand the Issues. Learn more about environmental issues in Georgia and conservation-related legislation: Contact your legislators and voice your support for wetlands conservation programs, such as the Wetlands Reserve Program funded by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).




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