The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a petition to list the Honduran emerald hummingbird (Amazilia luciae) under the Endangered Species Act contains substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted. The Service is now seeking data and comments from the public in order to conduct a full status review of this species.
The Honduran emerald hummingbird is endemic to Honduras, where it is believed to occur in the Agalta and Aguán Valleys. The hummingbird is a medium-sized species, native to interior valleys of thorn forest and shrub. Abundant flowers, red in color, also tend to be a critical characteristic of suitable habitat. The primary threats described in the petition include its thorn forest and shrub habitat being cleared for agriculture and grazing, and the likelihood that there are only two or three small, declining populations left.
Protecting foreign species under the ESA involves regulating the importation of both the animal and its parts and heightening awareness of the need for conserving these species among foreign governments, conservation organizations, and members of the public.
The purpose of this initial 90-day finding, published in today’s Federal Register, is to seek additional information on the status of the species from all available sources, including scientific researchers, non-government organizations, government agencies, range countries and individuals.
The Service will accept comments and information concerning the 90-day finding 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 submitting comments). To deliver written comments by U.S. mail or hand-delivery, address to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2009-0094; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203. All comments will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov. Comments, along with personal identifying information such as an address, telephone number, email address or other personal identifying information will be posted with your comments.
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