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Orange-bellied parrots, all but extinct, survive Tasmanian summer only to die migrating

Efforts to bolster the Tasmanian population have been successful, but the good work is undone when the migratory species flies north

The story of the orange-bellied parrot, a small migratory bird that breeds in Tasmania’s south-west before heading north for the colder months, holds lessons for scientists working to prevent species from reaching the brink of extinction.

In sharp decline since the 1980s, if not earlier, the bird is listed as critically endangered, with scientists warning it could be gone in three to five years.

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