A male swift parrot was found in a chicken coop on Lord Howe Isl., Australia, about 1,603 km from Tasmania. Swift parrots are a critically endangered species with only 2,000 left in the wild. They breed in Tasmania, then migrate to central Victoria and southern Queensland on the Australian mainland in autumn and winter. After the bird was captured, he was taken to Taronga Wildlife Hospital and Zoo in Sydney, where he recovered for five weeks. When the little bird had gained sufficient weight, he was released in the Werakata State Conservation Area, where a flock of swift parrots had been spotted. Due to its critically endangered status, saving this one swift parrot has larger implications for the long-term survival of its species.

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