Extinct and endangered birds

Extinct and endangered birds – content creator: Petrus A. van Tonder

What birds went extinct?

Over 190 species of birds have become extinct since 1500, and the rate of extinction seems to be increasing. The situation is exemplified by Hawaii, where 30% of all known recently extinct bird taxa originally lived. Other areas, such as Guam, have also been hit hard; Guam has lost over 60% of its native bird taxa in the last 30 years, many of them due to the introduced brown tree snake. 

Currently, there are approximately 10,000 living species of birds, with an estimated 1,200 considered to be under threat of extinction.

A species is extinct when the last existing member dies. Extinction, therefore, becomes a certainty when there are no surviving individuals that can reproduce and create a new generation. A species may become functionally extinct when only a handful of individuals survive, which cannot reproduce due to poor health, age, sparse distribution over a large range, a lack of individuals of both sexes (in sexually reproducing species), or other reasons.

Source and photo: Wikipedia

Annual Endangered Species Day is celebrated on May 21st.

Who regulates endangered birds?

CITES, which stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is a global agreement among governments to regulate or ban international trade in species under threat. You can visit their website at:


Our Premier magazine list three full pages of Cites birds each month.

Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction. Trade-in specimens of these species are permitted only in exceptional circumstances.
Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.
Appendix III This Appendix contains species that are protected in at least one country.

Here is an example of how the birds are listed in our magazine:

Extinct and endangered birds

Which bird conservation societies do World Wide Birds magazine support?

We support all institutions that protect and contribute to the conservation of our birds and their habitats.

The following institutions provide us with regular information to publish in the magazine and on our website:





You are also welcome to contact us to feature in the magazine and website for collaboration such as a link on your website to ours.

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