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Six South American birds declared endangered

From Center for Biological Diversity
July 2012

Protecting international species restricts trade in these species, increases conservation funding and attention to recovery efforts on their behalf and adds to scrutiny of U.S.-involved projects overseas.

Six South American bird species just won Endangered Species Act protection: the ash-breasted tit-tyrant, Junín grebe, Junín rail, Peruvian plantcutter, royal cinclodes and white-browed tit-spinetail.

It's been a long battle for these birds. The Center for Biological Diversity began fighting to protect declining avian species across the globe in 2003 when we first sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delaying protection for 73 foreign birds.

After a series of Center lawsuits, the Service finally began to move forward; now, lots of these birds are on the endangered species list, with more on their way. Protecting international species restricts trade in these species, increases conservation funding and attention to recovery efforts on their behalf and adds to scrutiny of U.S.-involved projects overseas.

The six just-protected birds are largely threatened by logging, as well as their extremely small population sizes, which compromise their ability to adapt to ongoing human activities or unexpected natural events.