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Rare Worthen's sparrow nest sites found in Mexico


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Three new breeding sites of one of the world's rarest birds, the Worthen's sparrow of Mexico, have been found.

 

The discovery of nests in the states of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila confirms the bird needs desert scrub to breed.

 

Such information may help conservationists formulate a plan to save the species from extinction.

 

Just a few hundred Worthen's sparrows survive, and until the latest discovery little was known about where and how the bird reproduces.

 

Details of the new breeding locations are published in the Journal of Field Ornithology.

 

View the full article from BBC Earth News

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