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"Masked Bobwhite"

Endangered masked bobwhite males wear russet breast feathers and a white eye line over a black mask. They were discovered in the southwestern U.S. by American biologists in the early 1900's, but they quickly disappeared from their desert grassland habitat due to fire suppression and overgrazing by introduced livestock. A remnant population discovered in Mexico in the 1950's was used to start several captive breeding populations. Currently, all known masked bobwhite north of the border survive only in captivity, none in the wild.

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