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Wisconsin's rare birds

Birds on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List – last revised May 2016. Life history, where they are found in the state, photos and management information is available for many of these species. Please consider sharing your observations [exit DNR] with the NHI Program.

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. View the table key.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
Rank
State
Rank
Federal
Status
WI
Status
WWAP Mapped in NHI
Gavia immer Common Loon G5 S3B m-SIN N
Podiceps grisegena Red-necked Grebe G5 S1B END SGCN Y
Botaurus lentiginosus American Bittern G4 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Ixobrychus exilis Least Bittern G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Ardea alba Great Egret G5 S2B THR SGCN Y
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night-Heron G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Nyctanassa violacea Yellow-crowned Night-Heron G5 S1B THR SGCN Y
Anas rubripes American Black Duck G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Anas acuta Northern Pintail G5 S3N r-SIN N
Anas americana American Wigeon G5 S3N r-SIN N
Bucephala clangula Common Goldeneye G5 S2B,S5N SC/M SGCN Y
Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald Eagle G5 S4B,S4N N
Circus cyaneus Northern Harrier G5 S3B,S2N m-SIN N
Accipiter gentilis Northern Goshawk G5 S2B,S2N SOC SC/M SGCN Y
Buteo lineatus Red-shouldered Hawk G5 S3S4B,S1N THR SGCN Y
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon G4 S1S2B END SGCN Y
Falcipennis canadensis Spruce Grouse G5 S1S2 THR SGCN Y
Tympanuchus cupido Greater Prairie-Chicken G4 S1 THR SGCN Y
Tympanuchus phasianellus Sharp-tailed Grouse G5 S1 SC/H SGCN Y
Colinus virginianus Northern Bobwhite G4G5 S1B SC/M SGCN Y
Coturnicops noveboracensis Yellow Rail G4 S1B THR SGCN Y
Rallus elegans King Rail G4 S1B SC/M SGCN Y
Grus americana Whooping Crane G1 SXB NEP SC/FL SGCN N
Charadrius melodus Piping Plover G3 S1B LE END SGCN Y
Himantopus mexicanus Black-necked Stilt G5 S1B SC/M SGCN Y
Bartramia longicauda Upland Sandpiper G5 S2B THR SGCN Y
Calidris canutus rufa Rufa Red Knot G4T2 S1N LT SC/FL SGCN N
Scolopax minor American Woodcock G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Phalaropus tricolor Wilson's Phalarope G5 S1B SC/M SGCN Y
Hydroprogne caspia Caspian Tern G5 S1B,S2N END SGCN Y
Sterna hirundo Common Tern G5 S1B,S2N SOC END SGCN Y
Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern G5 S1B END SGCN Y
Chlidonias niger Black Tern G4 S2B SOC END SGCN Y
Coccyzus americanus Yellow-billed Cuckoo G5 S3B m-SIN N
Asio otus Long-eared Owl G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Asio flammeus Short-eared Owl G5 S1B,S3N SC/M SGCN Y
Chordeiles minor Common Nighthawk G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Antrostomus vociferus Eastern Whip-poor-will G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Melanerpes erythrocephalus Red-headed Woodpecker G5 S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Picoides arcticus Black-backed Woodpecker G5 S1S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Contopus cooperi Olive-sided Flycatcher G4 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Empidonax virescens Acadian Flycatcher G5 S3B THR SGCN Y
Empidonax minimus Least Flycatcher G5 S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Progne subis Purple Martin G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Perisoreus canadensis Gray Jay G5 S2S3 SC/M SGCN Y
Poecile hudsonicus Boreal Chickadee G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Regulus calendula Ruby-crowned Kinglet G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Catharus ustulatus Swainson's Thrush G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Hylocichla mustelina Wood Thrush G5 S4B m-SIN N
Toxostoma rufum Brown Thrasher G5 S4B m-SIN N
Lanius ludovicianus Loggerhead Shrike G4 S1B SOC END SGCN Y
Vireo bellii Bell's Vireo G5 S2B THR SGCN Y
Vireo philadelphicus Philadelphia Vireo G5 SUB,S2N r-SIN N
Vermivora chrysoptera Golden-winged Warbler G4 S3B SOC SC/M SGCN Y
Setophaga dominica Yellow-throated Warbler G5 S1B END SGCN Y
Setophaga kirtlandii Kirtland's Warbler G3G4 S1B LE END SGCN Y
Setophaga palmarum Palm Warbler G5 S3B m-SIN N
Setophaga cerulea Cerulean Warbler G4 S2S3B SOC THR SGCN Y
Protonotaria citrea Prothonotary Warbler G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Helmitheros vermivorum Worm-eating Warbler G5 S1B END SGCN Y
Parkesia motacilla Louisiana Waterthrush G5 S3B m-SIN N
Geothlypis formosa Kentucky Warbler G5 S1S2B THR SGCN Y
Oporornis agilis Connecticut Warbler G4 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Setophaga citrina Hooded Warbler G5 S2S3B THR SGCN Y
Cardellina pusilla Wilson's Warbler G5 SUB,S4N r-SIN N
Cardellina canadensis Canada Warbler G5 S3B m-SIN N
Icteria virens Yellow-breasted Chat G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Spiza americana Dickcissel G5 S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Spizella pusilla Field Sparrow G5 S3B m-SIN N
Pooecetes gramineus Vesper Sparrow G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Chondestes grammacus Lark Sparrow G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Ammodramus savannarum Grasshopper Sparrow G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Ammodramus henslowii Henslow's Sparrow G4 S2S3B SOC THR SGCN Y
Ammodramus leconteii Le Conte's Sparrow G4 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Ammodramus nelsoni Nelson's Sparrow G4 S1B SC/M SGCN Y
Dolichonyx oryzivorus Bobolink G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Sturnella magna Eastern Meadowlark G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Sturnella neglecta Western Meadowlark G5 S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Yellow-headed Blackbird G5 S1S2B SC/M SGCN Y
Euphagus carolinus Rusty Blackbird G4 S2B,S2N SC/M SGCN Y
Euphagus cyanocephalus Brewer's Blackbird G5 S2S3B SC/M SGCN Y
Loxia curvirostra Red Crossbill G5 SUB,S2N r-SIN N
Loxia leucoptera White-winged Crossbill G5 SUB,S2N r-SIN N
Coccothraustes vespertinus Evening Grosbeak G5 S2B,S2N SC/M SGCN Y

Rank and status: To learn more about species rank and status, see the working list key. WWAP: (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan): SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) and monitoring and ranking SIN (Species with Information Needs). Mapped in NHI: (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database.

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Last revised: Thursday, May 04, 2017