Confirmed: Jamaican Parrot now protected under U.S. Endangered Species Act





The yellow-billed parrot which is only found in Jamaica is now protected under the United States Endangered Species Act.

On March 11, this was announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which stated that ongoing deforestation and fragmentation, including loss of suitable nesting trees, has led to a decline in the yellow-billed parrot’s range and population.

The bird is one of only two Amazonia species that is endemic to Jamaica and is found in forested limestone hills and the John Crow Mountains, Cockpit Country and Mount Diablo.



  
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Jannette Mccallum 20/03/2013 03:05:04
How comes? Even the common BIRD now belong to US? Come on people.
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Buneskie Madden 19/03/2013 14:57:35
So this is how the take over of Jamaica starts. Call me a paranoid idiot, pretty soon they will have government agencies being ran totally buy the US.
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Buneskie Madden 19/03/2013 14:57:35
So this is how the take over of Jamaica starts. Call me a paranoid idiot, pretty soon they will have government agencies being ran totally buy the US.
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"We are moving in the right direction" – PM Simpson-Miller

"We are moving in the right direction" – PM Simpson-Miller
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Arnett Gardens top RSPL standings after beating Tivoli

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"Prime Minister's speech disappointing" says JLP

JLP Deputy General Secretary Audley Gordon, in an immediate response to yesterday’s speech by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller at the PNP’s 76th Annual Conference, insisted that “Nothing was in the Prime Minister’s Speech for Jamaica”. The issues explored according to Gordon, were major economic issues which did not address things affecting the daily lives of the average Jamaican citizen. “The Prime Minister’s presentation reflected a Party leader needing to ‘whip up’ her base but not a Prime Minister interested in the mandate of the people or the real issues affecting people. She dodged the issues of crime, the cost of electricity and even the current health epidemic! How can you then say you passed the peoples test?” asked Gordon. A copy of the full press release can be viewed below.
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MoBay United spank Boys Town 4-0

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Chikungunya virus cases climb to 35 in Jamaica

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52-yr-old Market Vendor fatally shot in St. James

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STATIN: Inflation rate increased in August

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Picture of Jamaica's Health Minister "daggering" sparks controversy

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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

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