On way out

Down to Earth - - SCIENCE - THE TAS­MA­NIAN

swift par­rot is un­der­go­ing a pop­u­la­tion col­lapse and could be ex­tinct in 16 years. The par­rot is a ma­jor pol­li­na­tor of blue and black gum trees which are cru­cial to the forestry in­dus­try. Iron­i­cally, its habi­tat is be­ing de­stroyed by the in­dus­try. A five-year study which tracked move­ment and breed­ing habits of the par­rot pre­dicts that their num­bers would halve ev­ery year and there is a 94.7 per cent chance of its ex­tinc­tion. Bi­o­log­i­cal Con­ser­va­tion, March 25 (on­line)

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