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ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered

YEAR LISTED: 2004

CRITICAL HABITAT: 3,958 acres on the island of Rota designated in 2006

RECOVERY PLAN: 2007

RANGE: Mature forests above 490 feet in the Sabana region of Rota.

THREATS: Habitat loss; habitat degradation; predation by rats, black drongos, and the brown tree snake; and the possibility of its single, small population being wiped out by a random catastrophic event such as a typhoon or avian disease

POPULATION TREND: The population was estimated at 10,000 in 1982. That number dropped dramatically in subsequent years, and by 1999, the population was down to 1,000 birds. The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently undergoing a five-year status review of the species.

Photo by Fred Amidon, USFWS