Birds

Bird Species at Risk Resources

Please note: species status as presented within publications may have changed since the publication date. Current general and detailed status is listed for each species.

Birds – General

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 7, prepared by M.P. Hanneman and M.D. Heckbert
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 88, prepared by C. Found and A. Hubbs
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 115, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott and S.D. Stevens

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Posted: Mar 4, 2012

Barred Owl

Scientific Name: Strix varia
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Status of the Barred Owl in Alberta – Jan 2005 (27 pages)
Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 56, prepared by B. Olsen

Management Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 14, prepared by M. Russell

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 91, prepared by M.D. Piorecky and D.R.C. Prescott

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Posted: Mar 3, 2016

Bay-breasted Warbler

Scientific Name: Dendroica castanea
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: In process

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 32, prepared by M.R. Norton

Management Plan

A multi-species Conservation Management Plan that includes this species is available at:
  • Management Plan - Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 10- Mar 2014 (39 pages, 1 MB)
See Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 10: Black-Throated Green Warbler, Bay-Breasted Warbler and Cape May Warbler Conservation Management Plan 2014 - 2019.

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Bay-breasted Warbler - May 2003 (2 pages)

Related Information

Updated: Sep 5, 2014

Black-throated Green Warbler

Scientific Name: Dendroica virens
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 23, prepared by M.R. Norton

Management Plan

Management Plan - Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 10– Mar 2014 (39 pages, 1 MB)
Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 10, prepared by S. Hache and T. Hannah

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

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Updated: Sep 5, 2014

Brown Creeper

Scientific Name: Certhia americana
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: N/A

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 49, prepared by K. Hannah

Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Burrowing Owl

Scientific Name: Athene cunicularia
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Endangered

Detailed Status Report

Status of the Burrowing Owl in Alberta – ED2006-05 - Sep 2005 (39 pages)
Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 11, 2005 update prepared by D. Todd

Archived Detailed Status Report

Status of the Burrowing Owl in Alberta – ED2006-05 - 1997 (29 pages)
Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 11, prepared by T.I. Wellicome

Recovery Plan

Recovery Plan for Burrowing Owl in Alberta – ED2006-05 - Oct 2012 (35 pages)
Alberta Species at Risk Recovery Plan No. 21, prepared by the Alberta Burrowing Owl Recovery Team

For more information about this recovery plan, contact:

Recovery Action Summary

Alberta Species at Risk 2013 – 2014 Recovery Action Summary

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 8, prepared by D. Scobie and R. Russell
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 51, prepared by D. Scobie
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 54, prepared by J. Nicholson and C. Skiftun
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 58, prepared by R.F. Russell
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 116, prepared by S.D. Stevens and A.W. Todd
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 130, prepared by A.F. Joy Stevens, E.M. Bayne and T.I. Wellicome

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Updated: Oct 8, 2014

Canada Warbler

Scientific Name: Cardellina canadensis
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: N/A

Detailed Status Report

Status of the Canada Warbler in Alberta- May 2015 (54 pages, 1.9 MB)
Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 70, prepared by J.R. Ball and E.M. Bayne

Posted: Jun 3, 2015

Cape May Warbler

Scientific Name: Dendroica tigrina
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 33, prepared by M. Norton

Management Plan

A multi-species Conservation Management Plan that includes this species is available at:
  • Management Plan - Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 10- Mar 2014 (39 pages, 1 MB)
See Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 10: Black-Throated Green Warbler, Bay-Breasted Warbler and Cape May Warbler Conservation Management Plan 2014 - 2019.

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Cape May Warbler- May 2003 (2 pages)

Related Information

Updated: Sep 3, 2014

Chestnut-collared Longspur

Scientific Name: Calcarius ornatus
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: N/A

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 67, prepared by L.D. Cerney and K.L. Calon

Posted: Jun 3, 2015

Ferruginous Hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo regalis
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Endangered

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 18, 2006 update prepared by B. Downey

Archived Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 18, prepared by J. Schmutz

Recovery Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Recovery Plan No. 17, prepared by the Alberta Ferruginous Hawk Recovery Team

For more information about this recovery plan, contact:

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 52, prepared by D.P. Stepnisky, G.L. Erickson, J. Iwaasa and B. Taylor
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 70, prepared by B.N. Taylor
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 101, prepared by B.L. Downey
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 139, prepared by A.J. Moltzahn
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 140, prepared by A. Migaj, C. Kemper and B. Downey
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 155, prepared by M.E. Redman

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Updated: Feb 19, 2016

Greater Sage Grouse

Scientific Name: Centrocercus urophasianus
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Endangered

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 13, prepared by C.L. Aldridge

Recovery Plan and Summaries

Alberta Species at Risk Recovery Plan No. 30, prepared by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

For more information, contact:

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Sage Grouse– Aug 20, 2003 (3 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 19, prepared by C.L. Aldridge
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 56, prepared by C.L. Aldridge
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 147, prepared by K. Balderson, D. Eslinger and J. Nicholson
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 149, prepared by R. Quinlan
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 154, prepared by T. Whiklo and J. Nicholson

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Updated: Oct 12, 2017

Harlequin Duck

Scientific Name: Histrionicus histrionicus
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Species Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 36, prepared by B. MacCallum

Management Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 4, prepared by J. Kneteman, D. Vujnovic and L. Wilkinson

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Harlequin Duck- May 2003 (2 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 11, prepared by J. Kneteman and A. Hubbs
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 15, prepared by C.M. Smith
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 16, prepared by C.M. Smith
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 20, prepared by D. Paton

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Updated: Jan 7, 2014

Loggerhead Shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius ludovicianus
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 24, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott and R.R. Bjorge

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Loggerhead Shrike- May 2003 (2 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 46, prepared by H. Kiliaan and D.R.C. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 67, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 93, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 127, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 151, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott

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Updated: Feb 18, 2014

Long-billed Curlew

Scientific Name: Numenius americanus
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 16, prepared by D.P. Hill

Management Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 3, prepared by B. Downey

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Long-billed Curlew- Mar 2002 (2 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 25, prepared by E.J. Saunders

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Updated: Jul 6, 2017

Mountain Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius montanus
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Endangered

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 50, prepared by K. Hannah

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 37, prepared by C. Wershler and C. Wallis

Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Northern Pygmy Owl

Scientific Name: Glaucidium gnoma
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: N/A

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 20, prepared by K.C. Hannah

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 91, prepared by M.D. Piorecky and D.R.C. Prescott

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Posted: Feb 4, 2013

Peregrine Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco peregrinus
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Threatened

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 8, prepared by P. Rowell and D.P. Stepnisky

Recovery Plan and Action Summary

Alberta Species at Risk Recovery Plan No. 3, prepared by the Alberta Peregrine Falcon Recovery Team

For more information about this recovery plan, contact:
  • Gordon Court, Provincial Resource Assessment Specialist, Non-game and Wildlife Disease

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Peregrine Falcon- Aug 20, 2003 (2 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 2, prepared by R. Corrigan
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 34, prepared by R. Corrigan
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 57, prepared by R. Corrigan

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Updated: Jan 7, 2014

Piping Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius melodus
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Endangered

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 1, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott

Recovery Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Recovery Plan No. 18, prepared by the Alberta Piping Plover Recovery Team

For more information about this recovery plan, contact:

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Piping Plover- May 2002 (2 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 26, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 27, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 84, prepared by R. Schmelzeisen, D.R.C. Prescott and L. Engley
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 99, prepared by Alberta Piping Plover Recovery Team
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 129, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott, L.C. Engley and D. Sturgess

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Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Prairie Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco mexicanus
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 42, prepared by D. Paton

Management Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 9, prepared by D. Paton

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Updated: Jan 7, 2014

Sage Thrasher

Scientific Name: Oreoscoptes montanus
General Status: Undetermined
Detailed Status: Data Deficient

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 53, prepared by F. Blouin

Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Short-eared Owl

Scientific Name: Asio flammeus
General Status: May Be At Risk
Detailed Status: N/A

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 28, prepared by K.M. Clayton

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Updated: Jan 10, 2014

Sprague’s Pipit

Scientific Name: Anthus spragueii
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 10, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott

Management Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 2, prepared by D. Prescott

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Sprague’s Pipit- Aug 20, 2003 (2 pages)

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Updated: Jul 6, 2017

Trumpeter Swan

Scientific Name: Cygnus buccinator
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 26 (Update 2013), prepared by P.A. Smith

Archived Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 26, prepared by M. L. James

Recovery Plan and Summaries

Alberta Species at Risk Recovery Plan No. 29, prepared by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

For more information, contact:

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Trumpeter Swan- Mar 2002 (2 pages)

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 5, prepared by M. L. James and A. James
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 133, prepared by A.J. Fontaine and M.D. Heckbert

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Updated: Jul 18, 2014

Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura
General Status: Secure
Detailed Status: N/A

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 124, prepared by R.W. Nelson, D. Moore, F. Kunnas and R. Morse

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Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Western Grebe

Scientific Name: Aechmophorus occidentalis
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Threatened

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 60, prepared by J. Yanch

Archived Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 60, prepared by J. Yanch

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 41, prepared by S. Hanus, H. Wollis and L. Wilkinson
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 60, prepared by S. Hanus, L. Wilkinson and H. Wollis
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 94, prepared by G. Berg, L. Wilkinson, H. Wollis and D. Prescott
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 121, prepared by C. Kemper, H. Wollis, C. Found, D. Prescott and M. Heckbert
Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 138, prepared by H. Wollis and C. Stratmoen

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Updated: Jul 2, 2014

White-winged Scoter

Scientific Name: Melanitta fusca
General Status: Sensitive
Detailed Status: Species of Special Concern

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 45, prepared by P. Kehoe

Management Plan

Alberta Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. 7, prepared by P. Kehoe

Updated: Jan 7, 2014

Whooping Crane

Scientific Name: Grus americana
General Status: At Risk
Detailed Status: Endangered

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 34, prepared by J.L. White

Species at Risk Fact Sheet

Alberta’s Whooping Crane- May 2003 (2 pages)

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Posted: Mar 4, 2013

Willow Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Empidonax traillii
General Status: Secure
Detailed Status: N/A

Detailed Status Report

Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 29, prepared by B. Kulba and W.B. McGillivray

Species at Risk Program Reports

Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 146, prepared by D.R.C. Prescott, S.D. Stevens and A. Sommerville

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Updated: May 10, 2013

 

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Updated: Oct 12, 2017