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Songbird to remain endangered species

Southwestern willow flycatcher Southwestern willow flycatcher |  Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

KOB Web Staff
December 28, 2017 11:46 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A migratory songbird that calls parts of New Mexico home, will retain its status as an endangered species.

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The announcement came Thursday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The agency says the Southwestern willow flycatcher will keep protected status following a review of a petition in 2015.

In that petition, groups argued that the bird isn’t a valid subspecies under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service disagreed following what it called an “exhaustive review” of scientific findings and reached the conclusion that the flycatcher indeed is a protectable subspecies.

The agency went on to say that some flycatcher populations have made progress toward recovery but still warrant protection.

The Southwestern willow flycatcher breeds in vegetation along the rivers and streams of Arizona and New Mexico. A 2012 assessment estimated a population of only 1,629 breeding territories. Those are places where a male sings to attract a mate.

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