The 2022 U.S. State of the Birds Report Reveals Widespread Losses of Birds in All Habitats—Except for One

Cornell Lab of Ornithology October 12, 2022
Golden-winged Warbler copyright Matt Misewicz

The recently released State of the World’s Birds compiled by Bird Life International indicates that nearly half of all bird species are in decline, with more than one in eight facing extinction risk.

In the United States, the State of the Birds report released today reveals a tale of two trends, one hopeful, one dire. Long-term trends of waterfowl show strong increases where investments in wetland conservation have improved conditions for birds and people. But data show birds in the United States are declining overall in every other habitat—forests, grasslands, deserts, and oceans.

Published by 33 leading science and conservation organizations and agencies, the 2022 U.S. State of the Birds report is the first look at the nation’s birds since a landmark 2019 study showed the loss of 3 billion birds in the United States and Canada in 50 years.

The 2022 U.S. State of the Birds Report finds that:

  • More than half of U.S. bird species are declining.
  • U.S. grassland birds are among the fastest declining with a 34% loss since 1970.
  • Waterbirds and ducks in the U.S. have increased by 18% and 34% respectively during the same period.
  • 70 newly identified Tipping Point species (see below) have each lost 50% or more of their populations in the past 50 years, and are on a track to lose another half in the next 50 years if nothing changes.

Trends at a Glance, 2022 U.S. State of the Birds Report, Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Read the full report at and receive complimentary access to the most comprehensive information available about the 70 Tipping Point species by clicking the species names below.  

The Tipping Point species include: (View list in taxonomic order).

  1. Allen’s Hummingbird
  2. American Golden-Plover
  3. Ashy Storm-Petrel*
  4. Audubon’s Shearwater*
  5. Bachman’s Sparrow
  6. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel*
  7. Bendire’s Thrasher
  8. Bicknell’s Thrush*
  9. Black-capped Petrel*
  10. Black-chinned Sparrow
  11. Black-footed Albatross*
  12. Black-vented Shearwater*
  13. Black Rail*
  14. Black Rosy-Finch*
  15. Black Scoter
  16. Bobolink
  17. Bristle-thighed Curlew*
  18. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch*
  19. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  20. Cassia Crossbill*
  21. Chestnut-collared Longspur
  22. Chimney Swift
  23. Craveri’s Murrelet*
  24. Elegant Tern*
  25. Evening Grosbeak
  26. Fea’s Petrel*
  27. Golden-winged Warbler
  28. Great Black-backed Gull
  29. Greater Sage-Grouse
  30. Guadalupe Murrelet*
  31. Harris’s Sparrow
  32. Heermann’s Gull*
  33. Henslow’s Sparrow
  34. Hudsonian Godwit
  35. Ivory Gull*
  36. King Eider
  37. King Rail
  38. Kittlitz’s Murrelet*
  39. Laysan Albatross*
  40. Least Tern
  41. LeConte’s Sparrow
  42. LeConte’s Thrasher
  43. Lesser Prairie-Chicken*
  44. Lesser Yellowlegs
  45. Mottled Duck
  46. Mountain Plover
  47. Murphy’s Petrel*
  48. Parkinson’s Petrel*
  49. Pectoral Sandpiper
  50. Pinyon Jay
  51. Prairie Warbler
  52. Red-faced Cormorant
  53. Red-legged Kittiwake*
  54. Ruddy Turnstone
  55. Rufous Hummingbird
  56. Saltmarsh Sparrow*
  57. Scripps’s Murrelet*
  58. Seaside Sparrow*
  59. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  60. Short-billed Dowitcher
  61. Sprague’s Pipit
  62. Stilt Sandpiper
  63. Townsend’s Storm-Petrel*
  64. Tricolored Blackbird*
  65. Wandering Tattler
  66. Whimbrel
  67. Whiskered Auklet*
  68. Yellow-billed Loon
  69. Yellow-billed Magpie
  70. Yellow Rail*