There are over 10 thousand known bird species in the world, but many of them are slowly becoming extinct. We have to understand that our way of life makes a huge impact on the wildlife. Some species are barely hanging on right now. For example, the Island Scrub-Jay has much lower numbers than we thought. There are only twenty-five hundred but the estimations said 10 thousand. Some of the birds are disappearing, and these are the ten rarest species you will ever see in the US.
1. California Condor
The California Condor is the largest and perhaps the rarest bird in North America. Only 22 of them were alive in 1987, when they were all captured and put into a breeding program. Today, there are over 400, but only about 230 of them live in the wild.
2, Whooping Crane
The number of Whooping Cranes has reached an all-time low back in 1938, when there was only 15 of them left in the wild. The population of these birds was over 10 thousand in the 18th century. The birds are five feet tall and they have a distinctive loud call. They are simply beautiful and now, there are almost 400 of them in the wild. They can be spotted in Texas during the winter.
3. San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike
This species of bird has made it to this list even though the bird isn’t endangered. Their habitat of San Clemente Island in California is in danger. Only about 200 of these birds were found on the island in 2006. The situation is currently unknown.
4. Mississipi Sandhill Crane
The Mississippi Sandhill Crane is really a subspecies to the Sandhill Crane and it is one of the most endangered birds in the US. It is estimated that only 110 of these birds survive in the wild because of the impact of humans of their habitat.
5. Attwater’s Prairie Chicken
A subspecies of the Great Prairie Chicken, the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken can be found in Louisiana and Texas. The expanding cities have pushed these birds out of their habitat, which has made a huge change in their numbers. They fell from a million to a couple hundred. There are only a couple dozen left in the wild because of the breeding program in Texas.
6. Island Scrub Jay
Instead of 10,000 birds, what the estimation was, there are only 2.5 thousand of these birds left in the wild. There are more of these birds compared to others, but they will all be gone soon.
7. Light-footed Clapper Rail
The Light-footed Clapper Rail looks like a Kiwi bird, and it shares the same faith. People have pushed the bird out of it’s natural habitat and there are only a couple hundred left right now.
8. California Clapper Rail
The Situation of the California Clapper Rail is a bit better, with almost two thousand birds in the wild, but the number is dropping every year.
9. Kirtland’s Warbler
This bird was almost extinct in the 1960s, as its habitat started changing throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. There were only a couple hundred of them in the 80s, but a breeding program has repopulated this species. There were 2100 birds recorded in 2012.
10. Ivory-billed Woodpecker
The Ivory-bellied Woodpecker is a legendary species of bird. It is one of the least spotted birds in the last ten years. In fact, the last sightings happened in 2006 in Florida. It’s the rarest bird in US, if it still exists that is.