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News

Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)
BOW Team December 12, 2022
Peter Pyle has spent his career trying to understand and document bird molts and plumages. In this webinar, Peter will present a crash course in molt and discuss the many things one can learn from its close examination.

Conservation Status

Percentages are calculated based on 10,906 species in Birds of the World.

Data provided by IUCN (2022) Red List.
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Conservation status
Least Concern
69.2%
Near Threatened
8.3%
Vulnerable
6.5%
Endangered
3.5%
Critically Endangered
1.9%
Extinct in the Wild
0.05%
Extinct
1.4%
Not Evaluated
0%
Data Deficient
0.36%
Unknown
8.6%

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