There are more than 10,000 species of birds in the world, ranging from small to large, colorful to plain, and flying to flightless. But shockingly, up to 13 percent of the planet’s bird population is in danger of extinction, and humans are usually the ones to blame. Whether it was by over-hunting, introducing invasive species, or destroying their natural habitats, we’ve really done some damage to native bird populations. But for some birds, there thankfully appears to be hope for change.
Whether you’re seeing one from a distance or rescuing one like this man did for a trapped hummingbird, having a special encounter with a bird is always an amazing experience. However, some birds are now so rare that even experienced birdwatchers and scientists have trouble finding them. Many species are experiencing dwindling numbers, and while breeding them in captivity can help save them from the brink of extinction, some birds are harder to rescue than others.
Despite the terrifying notion that many of these birds might become extinct in our lifetime, there are lots of people who aren’t aware that they’re endangered…or that they even exist. Take a look at these incredibly rare birds, and keep an eye out for them if you find yourself somewhere they might be living. You never know what a unique experience you might have!
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