Fish & Wildlife Plans to Protect Brazilian Birds

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to list seven Brazilian bird species and subspecies as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The species proposed for listing are found in the Atlantic Forest and neighboring regions of southeastern Brazil, and are subject to similar threats, primarily the loss and degradation of habitat due to deforestation and other ongoing development practices affecting southeastern Brazil, as well as reduced genetic diversity due to severely restricted distributions and small populations.
     The species listing proposed by the service started in 1980 with a petition from Dr. Warren B. King, Chairman, U.S. Section of the International Council for Bird Preservation, which proposed 60 foreign bird species for listing under the Act. While the agency found that listing was warranted, it was precluded by higher priority listings. The proposed finding includes the black-hooded antwren, the Brazilian merganser, the cherry-throated tanager, the fringe-backed fire-eye, the Kaempfer’s tody-tyrant, the Margaretta’s hermit, and the southeastern rufous-vented ground-cuckoo.
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