Maryland's Priority Species

A priority species is one that is particularly threatened in terms of the species' long-term survival. All priority species have been selected through rigorous scientific analysis, and most represent a broad array of other birds and wildlife that use the same habitat type. Conservation focused on priority species is almost always focused on priority habitats as well. Audubon has identified 32 priority-bird species within the Atlantic Flyway. 

Maryland's Priority Birds

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Latin:  Ammospiza caudacuta

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American Woodcock

Latin:  Scolopax minor

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Black Rail

Latin:  Laterallus jamaicensis

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Wood Thrush

Latin:  Hylocichla mustelina

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Grasshopper Sparrow

Latin:  Ammodramus savannarum

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Cerulean Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga cerulea

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Prothonotary Warbler

Latin:  Protonotaria citrea

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American Black Duck

Latin:  Anas rubripes

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Black Skimmer

Latin:  Rynchops niger

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Red Knot

Latin:  Calidris canutus

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Seaside Sparrow

Latin:  Ammospiza maritima

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Black-throated Blue Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga caerulescens

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