Photo Credit: Mike Wallace San Diego Zoo



Birds are beautiful, inspirational and international. They are excellent flagships and vital environmental indicators. Being widespread, well studied, and highly responsive to environmental change, birds are very valuable indicators of the health of the natural world. They tell us what is happening to everything else. If birds go extinct so will many other species.

Of more than 10,000 bird species 13% are threatened with extinction and over 190 are classified as Critically Endangered (highest threat category) according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. If we don’t act now, we could lose many birds within 10 years. They are now facing a wider range of threats than ever before, almost entirely as a result of human activity. Major threats include agricultural expansion, logging, over-exploitation and climate change.

wilson's bird of paradise (cicinnurus respublica)

SOS bird projects build on the bird expertise from dedicated IUCN Bird Specialist Groups and international conservation organizations such as BirdLife International and Wetlands International. Discover our projects.  


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