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. Wildlife species assessed by COSEWIC as Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern will be considered for legal protection and recovery (or management) under the Species at Risk Act (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). 


  • 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)


  • 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

2 Responses to Endangered List

  1. Pat Bumstead says:

    Nothing is coming to mind with that description, aside from escaped pet birds. Where are you located?

  2. andrea langhammer says:

    27th of April. 2014
    I spotted two tiny gray birds with red bills and some yellow striping on side of head and wings. They look like seed eaters but are very small. They were ‘grazing’ on the branches of my tamarack tree. I cannot find them in any book or website. Do you have any ideas? I would appreciate your input. Thanks. Andrea

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