Photo: Southeastern Rufous-Vented Ground-Cuckoo
The populations of seven South American birds found almost exclusively in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biome have dropped to such low numbers that they are now being listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Tuesday’s announcement from the Fish and Wildlife Service stated that due in large part to deforestation in the area, many of the seven are considered critically endangered and are at risk of extinction in the wild.
The birds now on the list are:
• black-hooded antwen
• cherry-throated tanager
• southeastern rufous-vented ground-cuckoo
• Kaempfer’s tody-tyrant
• Margaretta’s hermit
• Brazilian merganser
Listing international species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act restricts buying and selling of imperiled wildlife, increases conservation funding and attention, and can add scrutiny to development projects proposed by U.S. government and multilateral lending agencies such as the World Bank that would destroy or alter their habitat.
“Protecting these species under the Endangered Species Act will give them a better chance of survival, and it will help attract worldwide attention to the urgent plight of these animals,” said Justin Augustine, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We hope the Obama administration continues to undo the significant backlog of foreign species that deserve protection but have yet to receive it.”