PHOENIX - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving the public more time to comment on a proposal to list the Western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo as threatened.
The agency now is accepting comments through April 25.
Dams, grazing and river channelization have reduced the cuckoo's habitat and range. Today, it is found mostly along the Colorado, Verde and San Pedro rivers in Arizona, the Gila river and Rio Grande in New Mexico and portions of the Sacramento and Kern rivers in California.
The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the bird as threatened in October.
That came as a result of an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed protections for the bird and other species.
The gray cuckoo has white markings and a long tail.