17 August 2009

Seven Brazilian Bird Species Proposed for Listing as Endangered Species

A proposal to protect seven Brazilian bird species was published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Federal Register on August 12.

The birds proposed for listing are the Black-hooded Antwren, Brazilian Merganser, Cherry-throated Tanager, Fringe-backed Fire-eye, Kaempfer’s Tody-tyrant, Margaretta’s Hermit, and southeastern Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo. They are all native to the Atlantic Forest and and neighboring regions of southeastern Brazil and

The FWS has determined that these species “should be identified under a single proposed rule for three reasons:

1) "all seven species are found in the Atlantic Forest and southeastern region of Brazil.
2) "the species are subject to similar threats including small population sizes, habitat loss due to deforestation, and ongoing landuse practices.
3) "combining species that face similar threats allows the Service to maximize limited resources and increase our ability to complete the listing process for warranted-but-precluded species."

Additional information on the status of these seven species is being sought from "all available sources, including peer reviewers, scientific researchers, non-government organizations, government agencies, range countries and individuals."

Comments will be accepted for up to 60 days after the publication of the notice in the Federal Register, and may be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. (Follow the instructions on the Web page for submitting comments).

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