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Species of Conservation Concern

The following species figure prominently in our citizen science programs and Important Bird Area program 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 (updated 9.2018), click here.

Montana Natural Heritage Program Birds of Conservation Concern: NHP_Animal_SOC_2016

Level I priority:

  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Whooping Crane
  • American White Pelican
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Piping Plover
  • Mountain Plover
  • Yellow Rail
  • Least Tern
  • Black Tern
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Black Swift
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Black Rosy-Finch

Level II priority:

  • Common Loon
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • American Bittern
  • Horned Grebe
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Golden Eagle
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • White-tailed Ptarmigan
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Flammulated Owl
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Pacific Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Veery
  • Varied Thrush
  • Pinyon Jay
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Sagebrush Sparrow
  • LeConte’s Sparrow
  • Nelson’s Sparrow
  • Green-tailed Towhee
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Bobolink
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Grey-crowned Rosy Finch

Species recently removed from MT's SOC list

  • Barrow’s Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Bald Eagle
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Black Tern
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Hammond’s Flycatcher
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Calliope Hummingbird
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Lark Bunting
  • McCown’s Longspur

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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