orange bellied parrot-scientist-Chris Tzaros

One of the world’s rarest species, the orange bellied parrot, has bucked its long-term trend of decline and almost doubled its wild population, said an Australian news network.

Last November, fewer than 10 wild breeding pairs returned to Melaleuca, its breeding grounds in Tasmania. Thanks to a recovery program, 34 birds showed up this year.

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Photo by Chris Tzaros, via ABC

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