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Endangered Birds: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

How sad would it be if our world didn't have different species of birds? Come and learn about some of these endangered species and what you can do to help.

Endangered Birds in the Jungle

Did you know that there are more than 1,000 different kinds of birds on the endangered species list? These endangered birds live in all kinds of environments, including the jungle and rain forest. Here are just a few:

Hyacinth Macaw.
Hyacinth macaw

  • Forest Owlet: Well, if they didn't call it a comeback! For a while, it was believed that this species was extinct, or no longer in existence. The species was, however, rediscovered more than 100 years later and it is now on the endangered species list. The Forest Owlet is endangered because people keep tearing down its habitat to build new construction.
  • Hyacinth Macaw: This blue bird is truly a beauty! It is the largest macaw species. There are many threats to the Hyacinth Macaw, including people capturing it illegally, also known as poaching, so that they can sell it.
  • Yellow-Crested Cockatoo: This stunning bird with white and yellow feathers is a popular choice for a pet. Unfortunately, these birds are meant to live in the wild in their natural habitat, so taking them as pets has led to them being considered an endangered species.

Endangered Birds in the Forest

How lovely is it to go on a hike through the forest and listen to birds chirping in the trees? There are many kinds of birds that live in the forest and some of them are on the endangered species list, such as:

California Condor.
California condor

  • California Condor: This is the largest North American land bird and can weigh up to 30 pounds! One of the biggest threats to this impressive species is lead poisoning. You see, California Condors will eat dead animals. When an animal is shot with a bullet, the lead travels throughout its organs, which is toxic to the California Condor.
  • Tooth-billed Pigeon: One of its closest relatives, the Dodo, is already extinct. If forests continue to be destroyed by people and tornadoes, the Tooth-billed Pigeon will be extinct, as well. One of the coolest things about this bird is that it has two teeth in its beak (hence its name).

Other Endangered Birds

Of course, endangered birds live in other places than the jungle and the forest. Some live in the tundra, where it is icy cold. Others live by the ocean and some live in the grasslands. Here are a few of these endangered birds:

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