Birds of Conservation Concern

Several bird species are the focus of intensive conservation efforts in Louisiana

Snowy Plover Photo: Steve Dimock/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon scientists have identified several bird species that are the focus of intensive conservation efforts in Louisiana. At the top of the list are species that depend on rapidly disappearing wetlands and coastal areas, but some forest species are also of concern due to destruction of their habitats. The current list of species Audubon Louisiana focuses on includes the following birds:

Mottled Duck

Latin:  Anas fulvigula

Illustration for Mottled Duck

Brown Pelican

Latin:  Pelecanus occidentalis

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Little Blue Heron

Latin:  Egretta caerulea

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Reddish Egret

Latin:  Egretta rufescens

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Green Heron

Latin:  Butorides virescens

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Swallow-tailed Kite

Latin:  Elanoides forficatus

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Yellow Rail

Latin:  Coturnicops noveboracensis

Illustration for Yellow Rail

Clapper Rail

Latin:  Rallus crepitans

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Snowy Plover

Latin:  Charadrius nivosus

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Wilson's Plover

Latin:  Charadrius wilsonia

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Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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American Oystercatcher

Latin:  Haematopus palliatus

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Ruddy Turnstone

Latin:  Arenaria interpres

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Red Knot

Latin:  Calidris canutus

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Latin:  Calidris alba

Illustration for Sanderling

Western Sandpiper

Latin:  Calidris mauri

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Short-billed Dowitcher

Latin:  Limnodromus griseus

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Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

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Black Skimmer

Latin:  Rynchops niger

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Prothonotary Warbler

Latin:  Protonotaria citrea

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Swainson's Warbler

Latin:  Limnothlypis swainsonii

Illustration for Swainson's Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga cerulea

Illustration for Cerulean Warbler

Seaside Sparrow

Latin:  Ammospiza maritima

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