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July 28, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will list the rare Honduran emerald as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Measuring less than four inches in length and the only endemic species to Honduras, this hummingbird is in decline due to degradation, fragmentation, and loss of its dry thorn forest habitat due to cattle grazing and agriculture. Only an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 breeding pairs of the birds remain, located in small, isolated valleys within the country, increasing its vulnerability to extinction.