U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases 90-Day Finding on 14 Species of Parrots Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases 90-Day Finding on 14 Species of
      Parrots Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

Twelve species of parrots ranging in location from Latin America and the
Caribbean to Indonesia will undergo an in-depth status review following
receipt of a petition to protect 14 species as threatened or endangered
under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The decision by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service was published in today’s Federal Register.

The petition provides adequate evidence to suggest that ESA protection may
be warranted for the following 12 parrot species:  Blue-headed macaw,
crimson shining parrot, great green macaw, grey-cheeked parakeet, hyacinth
macaw, military macaw, Philippine cockatoo, red-crowned parrot, scarlet
macaw, white cockatoo, yellow-billed parrot, and yellow-crested cockatoo.

Friends of Animals filed a petition in January of 2008 requesting the
listing of 14 parrot species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  One
of the 14 species, the thick-billed parrot, has been protected as
“endangered” since 1973 when the ESA was first passed, and does not require
further review.  The blue-throated macaw was previously petitioned by the
International Council for Bird Preservation and added to the list of
candidates for ESA protection.

The primary factors causing the population decline in the parrot species
include low reproductive rates, habitat destruction and loss, and the lack
of anti-poaching enforcement.  The Service has concluded the petition
presents adequate scientific information warranting a comprehensive status
review and is soliciting all available scientific and commercial data.

Addition of a foreign species to the Federal list of threatened and
endangered species places restrictions on the importation of either the
animal or its parts.  Listing also serves to heighten awareness of the
importance of conserving these species among foreign governments,
conservation organizations and the public.

The Service will accept comments and information concerning the species
from interested parties for 60 days after its publication in the Federal
Register.  Comments may be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking Portal,
http://www.regulations.gov.  (Follow the instructions on the Web page for
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