[CT Birds] Next bird extinction?

Paul Desjardins paul.desjardins2 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 5 16:06:07 EDT 2014

The Tricolored Blackbird seems to be headed towards possible extinction. It's numbers have declined by 64% since 2008. Found mainly in California, it's wetland habitat is being converted to fields of a wheat/rye hybrid called triticale used to feed cattle. To make matters worse farmers sometimes shoot them since they don't know the difference between Tricoloreds and Red Winged Blackbirds. Although both are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, blackbirds can be legally killed if a farmer considers them a threat to their livelihood. Hopefully measures can be taken to save the species before it is too late.

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