Audubon California Reaches Agreement to Save World’s Largest Tricolored Blackbird Colony

Date: 
May 1, 2008

Tulare County, California – Audubon California today announced that it has reached an agreement with a farmer in Tulare County to safeguard a single colony of about 80,000 Tricolored Blackbirds – nearly a third of the world’s population of this declining songbird.

The estimated global population of Tricolored Blackbirds is approximately 250,000 to 300,000 birds, with at least 95 percent of these occurring in California. Tricolored Blackbirds form just a few large nesting colonies each year, and in most cases these occur in San Joaquin Valley triticale fields. This puts the colonies in grave danger when farmers cultivate the field before young birds are able to fly.

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