Birds are beautiful creatures. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and each and every single one is as different as the other. These birds range in size, shape, and colors; and of course, not all of them can fly. About 13 percent of the entire global population of birds is in danger of becoming extinct. That’s an alarming number, especially considering how important birds are to various ecosystems globally. You might be surprised to find out which birds are actually in danger of extinction; you might not even be aware of the existence of the other birds on this list. Regardless, we’ve made a list of the top 5 rarest birds in the world to spread awareness of the precarious situation these animals are facing.
These long-beaked wonders are just about flightless. They are native to the island of New Caledonia, and that’s where the majority of them could be found today. Back in the days, the kagu species lived peacefully on the island until humans brought other animals that began to hunt the birds down. There are only 250 to 1,000 kagu birds that are alive today, but many efforts are being put in place to restore the birds’ population.
These tiny birds from the Hawaiian Islands are fascinating. Their bright yellow and grey plumage gives this tiny bird a distinct quality, making it recognizable anywhere. These birds have a close affinity for the seeds of the māmane trees by the Mauna Kea, so they tend to stay close to the area. There are currently around 5,000 of palilas in existence today.
- New Caledonian Owlet Nightjar
This native bird of New Caledonia is striking in with its black plumage. Upon closer look, this bird does have similarities to owls. The most interesting fact about these birds is they’ve only been spotted a few times. The first time it was spotted was in 1880 and the second time was in 1915. The last time the bird was sighted was in 1998.
- California Condor
There was a time when we all thought that the California condor was going to be extinct. It sure looked like it back in 1987. During that time, only 22 of these amazing birds were left alive. They were then captured and bred, and they were reintroduced into the wild in the early 90s. By 2014, the population of the condors has gone up to 400, and they’re continuing to grow through all the efforts of various organizations helping the birds to survive.
- Honduran Emerald
This native Honduran bird looks like a hummingbird because it belongs to the same family. Deforestation in the area has caused the population of this beautiful species to dwindle over the years. Spotting one of these birds will be difficult, but it may not necessarily be because of their numbers. They are some of them out there, they just know exactly how to hide and where to hide in certain parts of the country. If you do spot a Honduran emerald and its beautiful gem-like feathers, consider yourself absolutely lucky.