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Images of endangered birds that are found in Assam. Some are recorded as stragglers. Many of these birds are on the verge of extinction.

Spoon-Billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus

Image of Spoon-Billed Sandpiper photographed by Mark Andrews.

Image ©Mark Andrews.

IUCN Status: Critically endangered

Spoon-Billed Sandpiper, one of the world's highly threatened birds, breeds in the Chukotsk and Kamchatka peninsula and winters in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Some wintering birds have also been seen in India and its neighbouring countries. It has been twice recorded from Assam. It is severely affected by habitat loss, hunting and climate change. Total population: 240–500.

Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus

Image of Long-billed Vulture photographed by Sudipto Roy.

Image ©Sudipto Roy.

IUCN Status: Critically endangered

Veterinary drug 'diclofenac' has nearly wiped out all the population of long-billed vultures in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Diclofenac has been banned in 2006 but it is still being used for human formulations. Currently, captive breeding programmes are running in India and abroad to bring back the species in the wild. You can find more information about this species here.

Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis

Image of Bengal Florican photographed by Pongpol Adirex.

Image ©Pongpol Adirex.

IUCN Status: Critically endangered

Human encroachment in the grassland area forced this species to leave their homland. There are only 450-1000 birds survive in the wild. Assam is one of the major strongholds of bengal florican. Read more about this species.

Red-Headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus

Image of Red-Headed Vulture  photographed by Veer Vaibhav Mishra.

Image ©Veer Vaibhav Mishra.

IUCN Status: Critically endangered

This bird's habitat distributed from Pakistan to Malaysia and Vietnam. An uncommon resident of Assam. Like many other vulture species, it is, too, affected by veterinary drug diclofenac.

White-Winged Wood Duck Cairina scutulata

Image of White-Winged Wood Duck photographed by Ron Hoff.

Image ©Ron Hoff.

IUCN Status: Endangered

Resident bird of Assam. Also found in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia. Mostly live in freshwater wetlands in tropical forest. Severely affected by habitat loss. Only 1000 birds remain in the wild.

Greater Adjutant Stork Leptoptilos dubius

Image of Greater Adjutant Stork photographed by Yathin Krishnapa.

Image ©Yathin Krishnapa.

IUCN Status: Endangered

It was once abundant in the South-East Asia. Now restricted to only Assam and Cambodia. Its numbers declining due to habitat loss, i. e. felling of nesting trees. Total population: 800–1000.

Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer

Image of Nordmann's Greenshank  photographed by John & Jemi.

Image ©John & Jemi.

IUCN Status: Endangered

An uncommon winter visitor to Assam. Breeds in eastern Russia and winters in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Some wintering birds have also been recorded from India and other south Asian countries. These birds are suffering from development of coastal wetlands. Total population: 500–1000.

Masked Finfoot Heliopais personata

Image of Masked Finfoot  photographed by Robert Hutchinson / Birdtour Asia.

Image ©Robert Hutchinson / Birdtour Asia.

IUCN Status: Endangered

It is a rare resident bird of Assam. Its habitate distributed from Sunderbans and Bangladesh and North-East India to Indonesia. Mostly found in pools and streams in forest and mangrove creeks. It is suffering from habitat loss.

Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri

Image of Baer's Pochard photographed by Tim Loseby.

Image ©Tim Loseby.

IUCN Status: Endangered

An uncommon winter visitor to Assam. These birds breed in the Amur and Ussuri basins and NE China. In winter, they fly to eastern and southern China, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Found in large lakes and rivers. Hunting and habitat loss uplifted this species from vulnerable to endangered.

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