U.S. Protects Ecuadorean|Finch and Hummingbird

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The medium tree-finch and the black breasted puffleg hummingbird, both native to Ecuador, are in danger of extinction, according to a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the birds under the Endangered Species Act.

     The two birds were first proposed for listing in 1991 along with 38 other foreign species, but listing was precluded by a backlog of listing priorities.
     When a foreign species is listed under the act, importation or trade is prohibited within the United States.
     The puffleg hummingbird lives in the humid high-Andean wet cloud forests, while the finch is endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

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