WASHINGTON D.C. (USFWS) - Five species of birds from Colombia and Ecuador are proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule published in today's Federal Register.
The birds include the blue-billed curassow, the brown-banded antpitta, the Cauca guan, and the gorgeted wood-quail from Colombia, and one bird species from Ecuador - the Esmeraldas woodstar.
The primary factors causing the decline of these South American birds include habitat destruction, habitat loss, forest fragmentation, livestock grazing, fire, hunting, and encroachment from other human activities.
Protecting foreign species under the ESA regulates the importation of either the animal or its parts and helps to heighten awareness of the need for conserving these species among foreign governments, conservation organizations, and members of the public.
The purpose of this proposed rule is to seek additional information on the status of the five bird species from all available sources, including peer reviewers, scientific researchers, non-government organizations, government agencies, range countries and individuals.