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Red List updates a mixed bag for North American birds

Red List
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is found in the mountains from southern Wyoming to north-central New Mexico. Photo by Kern Freesman/Shutterstock

Up-listed to Endangered

Black Rosy-Finch. This songbird of western alpine areas numbers around 15,000 birds and is suspected to have declined by 95 percent since 1970.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch. This bird has also lost about 95 percent of its population since 1970 and is believed to number around 67,500 individuals.

Hawaiian Petrel. Primary threats to this seabird are feral cats, mongooses, and rats, which feed on chicks. The petrel nests at only five locations in the main Hawaiian islands, two of which are in jeopardy. Its population is estimated at 7,500-16,600 mature individuals.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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