At-Risk Birds

RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER (RCW)

Because the red-cockaded woodpecker prefers mature longleaf pine, North Carolina’s population decreased dramatically with the loss of the state’s longleaf pine forests. It was listed as “endangered” in 1970 and is now one of only two woodpecker species protected by the Endangered Species Act.

BALD EAGLE

Although bald eagles were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007, they are still protected under the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Acts.  In North Carolina, Wildlife Resources Commission biologists continue to monitor and identify the locations of new bald eagle nests and provide technical guidance to landowners about how to protect bald eagles and their nesting sites.

 

NORTHERN BOBWHITE QUAIL

The loss of suitable habitat has had a crushing impact on Northern bobwhite quail.  Although not listed as endangered, threatened or a species of special concern, populations across North Carolina have declined for many years and remain near all-time lows. Quail are particularly scarce in the piedmont and mountains.

BACHMAN’S SPARROW
(Peucaea aestivalis)