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Mississippi Priority Bird Species

More than 325 bird species make the round-trip each year along the Mississippi Flyway, from their breeding grounds in Canada and the northern United States to their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and in Central and South America. Audubon Mississippi concentrates it's conservation work and efforts around critical bird species that depend on this flyway for survival. Audubon classifies these species of concern as Priority Bird Species. Our conservation work directly addresses the needs of these species and the habitats they rely on during their migration, during  nesting season, and as they overwinter.

Mississippi Priority Bird Species

Prothonotary Warbler

Latin:  Protonotaria citrea

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Brown Pelican

Latin:  Pelecanus occidentalis

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Field Sparrow

Latin:  Spizella pusilla

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Reddish Egret

Latin:  Egretta rufescens

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Clapper Rail

Latin:  Rallus crepitans

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Cerulean Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga cerulea

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Short-billed Dowitcher

Latin:  Limnodromus griseus

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Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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Chimney Swift

Latin:  Chaetura pelagica

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Snowy Plover

Latin:  Charadrius nivosus

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American Oystercatcher

Latin:  Haematopus palliatus

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Swallow-tailed Kite

Latin:  Elanoides forficatus

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Black Oystercatcher

Latin:  Haematopus bachmani

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Red Knot

Latin:  Calidris canutus

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Western Sandpiper

Latin:  Calidris mauri

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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Latin:  Calidris pusilla

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Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

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Blackpoll Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga striata

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Black Skimmer

Latin:  Rynchops niger

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Saltmarsh Sparrow

Latin:  Ammospiza caudacuta

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Latin:  Seiurus aurocapilla

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Yellow Rail

Latin:  Coturnicops noveboracensis

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King Rail

Latin:  Rallus elegans

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Wood Thrush

Latin:  Hylocichla mustelina

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Song Sparrow

Latin:  Melospiza melodia

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Swainson's Warbler

Latin:  Limnothlypis swainsonii

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