Action timeline

November 24, 1980 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a petition from the International Council for Bird Preservation to list the gorgeted wood-quail as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

May 12, 1981 – The Service made a positive 90-day finding on the petition.

January 20, 1984 – The Service published a 12-month finding on the 1980 petition, determining that the gorgeted wood-quail warranted listing but that protection was precluded due to other listing priorities.

May 10, 1985 – The Service reiterated its “warranted-but-precluded” finding for the gorgeted wood-quail.

January 9, 1986 – The Service again reiterated its “warranted-but-precluded” finding for the species.

July 7, 1988 – The Service published an additional annual notice continuing to find that the species warranted listing but that protection was precluded due to other priorities.

December 29, 1988 – The Service indicated that the gorgeted wood-quail continued to be warranted but precluded.

November 21, 1991 – The Service once again released a “warranted-but-precluded” finding for species.

2003 – The Center sued the Service over its delay in issuing proposed listing rules for 73 rare foreign birds in need of protection, including the gorgeted wood-quail.

May 21, 2004 – The Service published an annual notice continuing to find that the species warranted listing but that protection was precluded due to other priorities.

April 23, 2007 – The Service published yet another annual notice finding that the species warranted listing but was precluded from protection.

July 29, 2008 – The Service published an annual notice finding that the species warranted listing and that, finally, it would promptly publish a proposed listing.

July 7, 2009 – The Service at long last proposed to list the gorgeted wood-quail as an endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

October 29, 2013 – In response to the decades-old listing petitions and a series of lawsuits by the Center, the Fish and Wildlife Service finally designated four rare bird species from Colombia (the blue-billed curassowbrown-banded antpittaCauca guan and gorgeted wood-quail) and one Ecuadorian hummingbird species (Esmeraldas woodstar) as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.