Priority Information Needs

Upland Migratory Game Birds

There are 16 recognized species of upland migratory game bird in North America (Table 1). Each species has some unique conservation and management needs yet many have overlapping needs. In 2006 the Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Working Group (as part of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies) directed a small group of state, federal, and non-governmental organizations to develop a strategy for identifying and funding research and management needs for upland migratory game birds.

Six separate Strategies, identified below, were developed that identify priority information needs for the entire suite of upland game birds. The Strategies provide guidance for research and management activities, and help to increase financial support for the program. Further, the Strategies guide project selection through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Webless Migratory Game Bird Program, which provides cooperative funding for both research and management activities that benefit the 16 species of webless migratory game birds in North America.


Table 1. The 16 species of migratory shore and upland game birds for which priority information needs were identified.
Common Name Scientific Name
King Rail Rallus elegans
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Sora Porzana carolina
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
Scaly-naped Pigeon Patagioenas squamosa
Zenaida Dove Zenaida aurita
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Last Updated: September 18, 2020