- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reopen the comment period for their proposal to designate critical habitat for the western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo.

A 60-day comment period expired Tuesday.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to designate more than 546,000 acres of critical habitat in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

The yellow-billed cuckoo now is listed as a threatened species.

The bird resides in 12 western states and in Mexico and Canada, but Arizona has the largest population.

A large portion of the yellow-billed cuckoo population lives in southern Arizona around the San Pedro River and at Cienega Creek.

There are about 350 to 495 pairs in the U.S. The bird winters in South America.

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