A migratory bird found in the western United States has been given federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The yellow-billed cuckoo population in 12 western states including Colorado has been listed as a threatened species.
Steve Segin with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the designation was announced Thursday.
"One of the major threats to the yellow-billed cuckoo has been the loss of riverside habitat," Segin says. "It lives in these riparian areas and streams and rivers."