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BIRD OF THE WEEK: Septextimus (SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER)
POPULATION: 2,500 to 3,000
HABITAT: Breeds in densely vegetated areas near water; winters in second- growth forest and edges.
This little flycatcher has a big impact, controlling insect populations around wetlands and waterways. It nests in these important riparian habitats alongside other threatened species, such as the western population of Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
The Southwestern Willow Flycatcher—a subspecies of the wide-ranging Willow Flycatcher—was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1995. Rampant development has degraded large portions of this flycatcher’s habitat and led to its disappearance throughout much of its historic range.