Birds & IUCN Red List

by OBDK on March 30, 2022

The IUCN Red List is a list of species and their current standing in the wild. Threats to these species are evaluated and then they end up in one of seven categories:1

  • Extinct
  • Extinct in the Wild 
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable 
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concern 


Each year, the IUCN updates its list, moving species up or down the scale. Being downlisted is a good thing, as it means things are improving. While being uplisted means things are getting worse.2


Many birds have a place on the IUCN Red List. 1 in 8 face the possibility of extinction, and 40 species of bird were uplisted in 2020.1


Some current uplisted birds are:2


  • The Yellow-Naped Amazon – this parrot is native to southern Mexico and Central America. It was moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered. 
  • The Harpy Eagle – this is a bird of prey from Central and South America. It moved from Near Threatened to Vulnerable. 
  • The Red-Footed Falcon – this falcon can be found in Europe and Central Asia. It was moved from Near Threatened to Vulnerable. 


Birds are very important members of their ecosystems. Whether they are vultures that help clean the environment when they eat carrion or owls that help control the rodent populations.

Keeping animal populations healthy is important. 

Read more in our blog to find out how!