On Way Out

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. 


Down To Earth, April, 2015