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Endangered status considered for Bicknell's thrush

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a rare songbird that breeds atop mountains in the Adirondacks and northern New England may need protection as an endangered species.

The Bicknell's thrush, which overwinters in the Caribbean, has one of the most limited breeding and wintering ranges of any bird in North America. It nests at high elevations in New York, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The federal agency said Tuesday it's launching a year-long review of the songbird's status after receiving a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity in Richmond, Vt. The center's Mollie Matteson says the main threat to the sparrow-sized brown bird is climate change that's reducing its mountain habitat.

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