California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Threatened and Endangered Birds

Species Accounts

The list below provides access to species accounts for 33 species and subspecies of birds listed as either threatened or endangered by the State of California or the federal government. This list is provided in alphabetical order, by the general name of the animal (for example: eagle, rail, sparrow, etc).

Each species account contains the latest status report from the Department of Fish and Wildlife's periodic report on the status of these species. Each account also may contain links to additional, available status or life history information.

The list and the accompanying species accounts may not be complete or reflect the current legal status of these birds because of listing activities more recent than the status accounts in the links below. The current legal status for each species is provided online and is updated quarterly.

For more information on the species listed below, use the CDFW's Species Explorer. Please note, the Species Explorer is still being worked on. Not all species might appear in the database.

Common Name Scientific Name
Albatross, short-tailed (Phoebastria albatrus)
Condor, California (Gymnogyps californianus)
Crane, greater sandhill (Grus canadensis tabida)
Cuckoo, western yellow-billed (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis)
Eagle, bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Flicker, gilded northern (Colaptes auratus chrysoides)
Flycatcher, willow (Empidonax traillii)
Flycatcher, southwestern willow (Empidonax traillii extimus)
Gnatcatcher, coastal California (Polioptila californica californica)
Goose, Aleutian Canada (RECOVERED) (Branta canadensis leucopareia)
Hawk, Swainson's (Buteo swainsoni)
Murrelet, marbled (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
Owl, great gray (Strix nebulosa)
Owl, northern spotted (Strix occidentalis caurina)
Owl, elf (Micrathene whitneyi)
Plover, mountain (Charadrius montanus)
Plover, western snowy (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus)
Rail, California black (Laterallus jamaicensis coturniculus)
Rail, California clapper (Rallus longirostris obsoletus)
Rail, light-footed clapper (Rallus longirostris levipes)
Rail, Yuma clapper (Rallus longirostris yumanensis)
Shrike, San Clemente loggerhead (Lanius ludovicianus mearnsi)
Sparrow, Belding's savannah (Passerculus sandwichensis beldingi)
Sparrow, San Clemente sage (Amphispiza belli clementeae)
Swallow, bank (Riparia riparia)
Tern, California least (Sterna antillarum browni)
Towhee, Inyo California (Pipilo crissalis eremophilus)
Vireo, Arizona Bell's (Vireo bellii arizonae)
Vireo, least Bell's (Vireo bellii pusillus)
Woodpecker, Gila (Melanerpes uropygialis)