Length, approx. 15 cm; wingspan 19-22 cm
Estimated at 1,000 individuals
Forests of cypress, pine and oak
Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico
Paradise lost? The Guadalupe junco once had the run of its island home. Cypress forests provided all the seeds and insects the little bird needed and, quite unafraid, it made nests in low-hanging branches or depressions in the ground. The good life disappeared with the introduction of new species. Insatiable goats were soon decimation the cypress and housecats-gone-wild were on the prowl. Runaway mice added to the problems. As a result, junco populations plummeted to dangerously low levels. An aggressive effort to eradicate feral goats is helping bring back plant life on the island. But will the Guadalupe junco be able to follow?