Birds & Science

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Species of Conservation Concern

The following species figure prominently in IBA nominations based on their conservation priority as stated in the Montana Bird Conservation Plan (Levels I & II) and/or by BirdLife International (Vulnerable or Near Threatened). To review the current Montana Species of Concern list, click here.

Montana Natural Heritage Program Birds of Conservation Concern: NHP_Animal_SOC_2016

Level I priority:

  • Common Loon
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Piping Plover
  • Mountain Plover
  • Least Tern
  • Flammulated Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Brown Creeper
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Baird’s Sparrow

Level II priority:

  • Horned Grebe
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Black Tern
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Black Swift
  • Vaux’s Swift
  • Calliope Hummingbird
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Hammond’s Flycatcher
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Winter Wren
  • Veery
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • McCown’s Longspur
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Black Rosy-Finch

BirdLife International Threatened:

  • Whooping Crane

BirdLife International Vulnerable:

  • Piping Plover
  • Mountain Plover
  • Pinyon Jay
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Rusty Blackbird

BirdLife International Near Threatened:

  • Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Cassin’s Finch.

For information contact Amy Seaman, [email protected]

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