Chances are you’ve probably never seen some of the rarest birds in the world and you are not alone. There approximately ten thousand different species of birds. Some of them are very common, in fact you probably see them every day. Other birds however are not so common to the point that they go unnoticed for years at a time. Today´s post is dedicated to birds that are so rare, few people have ever even seen them. From the giant ibis and the California condor to the Ruppell´s vulture, learn about these incredibly rare birds with these 25 Of The Rarest Birds You Might Have Never Seen.
The largest of the world´s ibises, the Giant Ibis is a large wading bird confined to northern Cambodia, with a few birds surviving in extreme southern Laos and the Yok Don National Park in Vietnam. Destruction of its natural habitat, draughts caused by climate change and overhunting drove this beautiful bird to the brink of extinction.
Endemic to the forests of central India, the forest owlet is a small, stocky owl with heavily banded wings and tail. The species was already considered extinct for 113 years as there were no sightings of this bird between 1884 and 1997 when it was rediscovered. The forest owlet is only known from a small number of localities and the populations are very low within the fragmented and shrinking forests of central India, leaving the species critically endangered.
Also known as the imperial heron, the white-bellied is a large heron found in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in India, northeastern Bangladesh, Burma and Bhutan. Although it lives in such remote and inaccessible areas, its global population has declined dramatically and the species is seriously threatened by disturbance and habitat degradation.
Endemic to New Zealand, the kakapo is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot. The bird was historically important to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, appearing in many of their traditional legends and folklore. As of June 2016, the total known adult population of this species was just 123 individuals, who are kept on 3 predator-free islands under the Kakapo Recovery Plan.
Sao Tome Fiscal
Also known as the Newton’s fiscal, the Sao Tome fiscal is a small and very rare bird endemic to Sao Tome and Principe, an island country off the Western coast of Central Africa. It lives in subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests that are now cut to create coffee and cocoa plantations, leaving this nicely colored bird critically endangered.