This Spectacular Bird is About to Go Extinct

March 23, 2014 at 9:43 AM Leave a comment

Orange bellied parrot

Orange-bellied parrot (image via Wikipedia)

This is the spectacular — look at that color combination! — orange-bellied parrot.  There are less than “a few 100 of them left” in the wild in Australia and Tasmania.

Australia is having a debate about which animals to try to save because so many are going extinct all at once:

The dramatic ongoing loss of Australian animal and plant species has prompted influential scientists to call on governments to start making tough decisions about which ones to save – and which species should be left to face extinction.

The proposal to triage Australia’s unique species comes from some of the nation’s most senior conservation biologists.

It is a radical and controversial shift from decades of hard-fought conservation victories aiming to preserve all species and wilderness.

“I’m afraid to tell everybody we’re in a terminal situation. We’re confronting a whole raft of species about to go over the extinction cliff,” Professor David Bowman, an expert in environmental change biology at the University of Tasmania, said.

It is a worldwide phenomenon, with global extinction rates of species not seen at this level since the loss of the dinosaurs.

The orange-bellied parrot looks like it’s going to be thrown overboard:

The orange-bellied parrot has more than 300 volunteers in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia trying to preserve it in the wild.

[…]

But Professor Bowman says the parrot “looks like it’s a goner”.

“There are heroic efforts to try to keep it going in the wild. You really have to look at that expenditure and ask ‘is this really a smart use of money?'” he said.

Species numbering less than a few hundred in the wild, like the orange-bellied parrot, are dubbed the “living dead” by scientists.

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My apologies to you, you beautiful orange-bellied parrot. The human beings who control this planet are out of their minds with greed.  They don’t care if they destroy everything to get what they want.

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Entry filed under: Animals (Other Than Us).

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