There is great beauty in finding rare birds. For bird watchers, getting a glimpse or capturing a photo of these rare bird species gives them a different kind of thrill. It is like discovering a pot of gold – only better! This is actually what makes bird watching very appealing. These beautiful feathered creatures can be a marvel to behold and a rare bird makes the experience more worthwhile.
What are rare birds?
With more than 10,000 bird species, how does one classify a rare bird? Well, if a bird species has an alarmingly low number and is in danger of extinction, it is given the classification of a rare bird. Most of the time, these birds reach that status because of the reckless action of humans. We either hunt them down or destroy their homes – which leads them to unsafe places that could kill them.
When a bird is given a rare bird classification, that is a sign that people should be careful with these birds. It means these birds should be bred in captivity to ensure that their number will be added. We should work together to ensure that these bird species will still be around for our children’s children to see and observe.
10 rare birds all over the world
Here are the top 10 rare birds that have been declared all over the world.
Kagu, New Caledonia
If you want to see this rare bird, you have to visit the island of New Caledonia. The main reason for the decline of the bird population is the human population. When they settled on the island and brought cats, dogs, and even rats with them, that led to the drop of the kagu population. It is believed that only 250 to 1,000 birds remain – which is very low and alarmingly close to their extinction.
These can only be found on the Manua Kea volcano in Hawaii – specifically on the upper slopes. You can find them in mamane trees. They love to feed on the seeds. There is estimated 5,000 birds that are in existence but if they are not cared for, that could lead to a further decline in their population.
Kakapo, New Zealand
Another rare bird species can be found in New Zealand. This bird used to be kept as a pet by the Maori – and sometimes killed for their meat. With the addition of cats and stoats that prey on them, these birds are now close to extinction. In fact, in 2014, there were only 126 recorded kakapos. They are now kept in 3 islands and closely monitored so they will not be preyed upon.
New Caledonian Owlet-Nightjar, New Caledonia
There are now two rare birds on the island of New Caledonia. This bird was only found in 1880 and then in 1915. There are a scattered number of sightings which is still too few. The most recent sighting is in 1998. For the past two decades, there were no sightings – which could either mean the bird is still too few to catch or they are just very elusive. The residents in the island believe there are still birds of this species even if they have yet to produce proof that they still exist.
Californian Condor, United States
This bird almost went extinct in 1987 due to poisoning, poaching, and the destruction of their habitat. Only 22 of these were left and most of them were captured. They were bred and reintroduced to the wild with over 400 of them. Since they have a long life-span of 60 years, there is hope that these birds can reproduce on their own.
Honduran Emerald, Honduras
Ever since the country went through a deforestation period, a lot of these birds have been driven from their natural habitat. It threatened their very existence. Fortunately, a lot of these birds were found thriving in an inaccessible part of the country – but since sighting is not frequent, they are part of the list of rare birds.
Forest Owlet, India
To date, there are only less than 250 of these birds today. This was actually thought to be extinct in the 1880s but there were new sighting in 1997. There are current measures being made to save this bird species from extinction.
Orange-Bellied Parrot, Australia
This bird is one of the two that migrates during the cold winter season. Their colorful feathers are very attractive but sad to say, there are less than 50 of these birds recorded in 2013. In an effort to save them, almost half were captured to be cared for and bred in captivity. Now, there are 300 of these birds but the effort to save them still goes one.
Great Indian Bustard, India and Pakistan
This is an endangered bird because of the destruction of their natural habitat. With only less than 250 birds alive, the Indian government has expressed their intent to save these birds from extinction. Some of these birds were captured in an effort to breed them in captivity.
Philippine Eagle, Philippines
This is one of the largest and most powerful birds in the world. Sad to say, they are also one of the rare birds. The Philippine government has been working for years to keep this bird from extinction. In fact, the bird was declared the national bird – which hopes to raise awareness and respect for these magnificent birds.