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Vt. group settles over protection for rare bird

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont-based environmental group says it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over endangered species status for a rare songbird.

The Center for Biological Diversity based in Richmond had sued the Fish and Wildlife Service when it did not meet a legally mandated deadline in 2011 to decide on whether the Bicknell's thrush should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The group says climate change threatens to destroy the habitat of the Bicknell's thrush, which nests on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks and eastern Canada. The bird winters in the Caribbean.

The settlement gives the agency four years to decide on protection status for the bird.

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