Arkansas Priority Birds

A priority species is one that is particularly threatened in terms of its long-term survival. These species are the focus of Audubon Arkansas's conservation projects, including Important Bird Areas, climate change, and working lands management. Conservation focused on priority species also helps priority habitats and the broad array of other birds and wildlife that use the same habitat type. Below is a selection of priority bird species in Arkansas.

Trumpeter Swan

Latin:  Cygnus buccinator

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Northern Bobwhite

Latin:  Colinus virginianus

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Least Bittern

Latin:  Ixobrychus exilis

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Swallow-tailed Kite

Latin:  Elanoides forficatus

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King Rail

Latin:  Rallus elegans

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Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

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Short-eared Owl

Latin:  Asio flammeus

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Chimney Swift

Latin:  Chaetura pelagica

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates borealis

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Willow Flycatcher

Latin:  Empidonax traillii

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Loggerhead Shrike

Latin:  Lanius ludovicianus

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Prothonotary Warbler

Latin:  Protonotaria citrea

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Cerulean Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga cerulea

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Swainson's Warbler

Latin:  Limnothlypis swainsonii

Illustration for Swainson's Warbler

Bachman's Sparrow

Latin:  Peucaea aestivalis

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Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Latin:  Aimophila ruficeps

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Henslow's Sparrow

Latin:  Centronyx henslowii

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Smith's Longspur

Latin:  Calcarius pictus

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Rusty Blackbird

Latin:  Euphagus carolinus

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