Endangered List

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets at least once a year to assess the status of wildlife  species. Since 2004, COSEWIC submits its annual report to the federal Minister of the Environment in late summer. The annual report includes all assessment results for wildlife species that have been assessed, and the birds listed on this page are updated annually.

Wildlife species assessed by COSEWIC as Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern will be considered for legal protection and recovery (or management) under the SARA. Based in part on COSEWIC’s status assessment, the government may decide to add a wildlife species to SARA’s List of Wildlife Species at Risk, to not add a wildlife species to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk, or to refer the matter back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration.

The following information on endangered species in Canada is from the Species At Risk Act (SARA).

Endangered

  • Acadian Flycatcher Barn Owl (Eastern population)
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Eskimo Curlew
  • Greater Sage-Grouse urophasianus subspecies
  • Henslow’s Sparrow
  • Horned Lark strigata subspecies
  • King Rail
  • Kirtland’s Warbler
  • Loggerhead Shrike migrans subspecies
  • Mountain Plover
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Piping Plover circumcinctus subspecies
  • Piping Plover melodus subspecies
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Red Crossbill percna subspecies
  • Roseate Tern
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Spotted Owl caurina subspecies
  • Western Screech-Owl macfarlanei subspecies
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • Whooping Crane
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (British Columbia population)

Threatened

  • Western Screech Owl
  • Barn Swallow
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Least Bittern
  • Loggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies
  • Marbled Murrelet
  • Northern Goshawk laingi subspecies
  • Peregrine Falcon anatum subspecies
  • Pink-footed Shearwater
  • Ross’s Gull
  • Short-tailed AlbatrossSprague’s Pipit

Special Concern

  • Ancient Murrelet
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Barn Owl (Western population)
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye (Eastern population)
  • Bicknell’s Thrush
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Flammulated Owl
  • Great Blue Heron fannini subspecies
  • Harlequin Duck (Eastern population)
  • Ivory Gull
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Peregrine Falcon pealei subspecies
  • Peregrine Falcon tundrius subspecies
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow princeps subspecies
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Yellow Rail
  • Yellow-breasted Chat virens subspecies

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