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FWS proposes endangered status for Black-Breasted Puffleg and one of Darwin’s finches

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73 Fed. Reg. 74427 / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; 50 CFR Part 17; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Rule To List Black-Breasted Puffleg as Endangered Throughout Its Range Under the Endangered Species Act

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list as endangered the foreign species, black-breasted puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis—a hummingbird native to Ecuador)—under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This proposal, if made final, would extend the Act’s protection to this species. We intend that any final action resulting from this proposal to list this species be as accurate and as effective as possible. Therefore, we request from all interested parties comments or suggestions regarding this proposed rule.

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The black-breasted puffleg is currently known to occur only on the north side of Volcan Pichincha near Quito, Ecuador, in temperate elfin forests at altitudes between 9,350 and 11,483 ft on the Volcan Pichincha peaks. The current extent of the species’ range is approximately 33 square miles.  Photo by Benji Schwartz from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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73 Fed. Reg. 74434 / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; 50 CFR Part 17; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing the Medium Tree Finch (Camarhynchus pauper) as Endangered Throughout Its Range; Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the medium tree finch (Camarhynchus pauper) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This proposal, if made final, would extend the Act’s protection to this species. The Service seeks data and comments from the public on this proposed rule. DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before February 6, 2009.

The medium tree finch is identified as a ‘‘critically endangered’’ species under Ecuadorian law, Decree No. 3,516— The medium tree finch (Camarhynchus pauper) is endemic to the island of Floreana in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and is one of the 14
species of Darwin’s finches, collectively named in recognition of Charles Darwin’s work on the theory of evolution.  For photo, visit ARKive.org

BACKGROUND ON THE TWO FOREIGN LISTINGS: On May 6, 1991, FWS received a petition (hereafter referred to as the 1991 petition) from the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP) to add 53 species of foreign birds to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (50 CFR 17.11(h)), including the medium tree finch, which is the subject of this proposed rule…  On January 23, 2008, the United States District Court ordered the Service to propose listing rules for five foreign bird species, actions which had been previously determined to be warranted but precluded…  In order to comply with the recent court order, the medium tree finch and Black-Breasted Puffleg were included among the 30 taxa for which listing is warranted.

LINKS:  According to Wikipedia, the International Council for Bird Preservation  is now known as BirdLife International