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PIF Continental (U.S. & Canada) Watch List Species
Research & Monitoring Needs

Welcome to the Partners in Flight (PIF) Continental (U.S. & Canada) Watch List Species Research and Monitoring Needs resource!  We have compiled some basic information about each species on the Watch List identified in the PIF North American Landbird Conservation Plan (Rich et al. 2004), including: 

  • common & scientific name

  • global conservation status (IUCN 2004 Red List)

  • national-level conservation status (Coverage by Migratory Bird Treaty Act; U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA); national U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Birds of Conservation Concern; Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA); and Mexican Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOM) para la Proteccion Ambiental (Official Mexican Standards for Environmental Protection)

  • distribution (AOU 1998)

  • key reference(s)

  • general habitat associations (AOU 1998); and 

  • a list of research and monitoring needs gleaned from a variety of sources. 

This is NOT intended to be a comprehensive list of published research/monitoring needs for these species.  Our primary sources were the Partners in Flight Research and Monitoring Needs Database, which lists research/monitoring needs identified in the Partners in Flight Bird Conservation Plans, National Action Needs for Canadian Landbird Conservation, other PIF sources where information was missing from the database, the Birds of North America accounts, and a few other sources of species accounts (e.g., U. S. Fish & Wildlife Species Status Assessments and the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center accounts).  We have cited Recovery Plans for listed species (U.S. Endangered Species Act) where we were able to get the citations but did not "mine" them for additional research needs.   We provide a Bibliography (References) with complete citations for all of the publications listed, except the PIF Bird Conservation Plans which are available on the PIF website.  Where we were able, we have included links in the Bibliography to resources available on the internet.  Please keep in mind that some of these web links (especially those for PDFs) take some time to download, and are maintained by others.  Although the Birds of North America (BNA) accounts are not available free on the web, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has made them available for a very reasonable annual subscription.  Click here for information about that BNA resource. We hope you will find this website to be useful.

The Watch List species list below is organized, like the PIF North American Landbird Conservation Plan (Rich et al. 2004), by reasons for continental concern. For a Watch List species list in alphabetical order, click here. For a Watch List species list in taxonomic order, click here

Species with Multiple Causes for Concern Across Their Entire Range

Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

California Condor

Green Parakeet

Thick-billed Parrot

Red-crowned Parrot

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Black-capped Vireo

Florida Scrub-Jay

Island Scrub-Jay

Bicknell's Thrush

Bachman's Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Colima Warbler

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

Bachman's Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Tricolored Blackbird

Species that are Moderately Abundant or Widespread with Declines or High Threats

Greater Sage-Grouse

Blue Grouse

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Scaled Quail

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swainson's Hawk

White-crowned Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Mangrove Cuckoo

Short-eared Owl

White-throated Swift

Rufous Hummingbird

Elegant Trogon

Red-headed Woodpecker

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Bell's Vireo

Pinyon Jay

Oak Titmouse

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Wood Thrush

Sprague's Pipit

Grace's Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Canada Warbler

Brewer's Sparrow

Baird's Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

Varied Bunting

Painted Bunting

Dickcissel

Rusty Blackbird

Species with Restricted Distribution or Low Population Size

Mountain Quail

Montezuma Quail

Flammulated Owl

Elf Owl

Spotted Owl

Antillean Nighthawk

Black Swift

Costa's Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird

Lewis's Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Thick-billed Kingbird

Gray Vireo

Yellow-billed Magpie

California Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Wrentit

Bendire's Thrasher

California Thrasher

Le Conte's Thrasher

Blue-winged Warbler

Virginia's Warbler

Lucy's Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Swainson's Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Abert's Towhee

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

McCown's Longspur

Smith's Longspur

McKay's Bunting

Audubon's Oriole

Black Rosy-Finch

Brown-capped Rosy-FinchLawrence's Goldfinch

 

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Last Updated: 01/24/2014

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