Georgia Ecological Services Field Offices
Southeast Region
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Federally Threatened and Endangered Birds found in Georgia

Listed Birds Georgia Range Habitat Threats
The Bald Eagle has been delisted but it is still protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. We have guidance available HERE.
Threatened Species - likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future
Eastern Black Rail
Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis

Piping plover
Charadrius melodus

Coastal beaches
Winters on Georgia's coast; prefers areas with expansive sand or mudflats (for foraging) in close proximity to a sand beach (for roosting) Habitat alteration and destruction and human disturbance in nesting colonies. Recreational and commercial development have contributed greatly to loss of breeding habitat.
Red Knot
Calidris canutus rufa

Endangered Species - A species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
Kirtland's warbler

Dendroica kirtlandii
Transient on coast during migration 
Migrates through Georgia to wintering grounds in the Bahamas Small population numbers, limited distribution on the breeding and wintering grounds, exacting breeding habitat requirements, and cowbird parasitism

Wood stork
Mycteria americana

Southeast wetlands
Primarily feed in fresh and brackish wetlands and nest in cypress or other wooded swamps

Decline due primarily to loss of suitable feeding habitat, particularly in south Florida. Other factors include loss of nesting habitat, prolonged drought/flooding, raccoon predation on nests, and human disturbance of rookeries.

5 Year Review - 2007

Red-cockaded woodpecker
Picoides borealis

Mature pine forests statewide
Nest in mature pine with low understory vegetation (<1.5m); forage in pine and pine hardwood stands > 30 years of age, preferably > 10" dbh

Reduction of older age pine stands and to encroachment of hardwood midstory in older age pine stands due to fire suppression

5 Year Review - 2006


Other listed species' recovery plans are available here.

Recovery Plans on these pages are available as .PDF files. PDF files can be downloaded and read using free Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Acrobat logo

In addition, the state of Georgia has a list of 471 animal "species of concern".


Last updated: March 30, 2015