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Scientists Are Using Drones To Track These Critically Endangered Parrots


Swift parrots aren’t easy to track. These bright green birds don’t like to sit still, frequently hopping from tree to tree across the Tasmanian wilderness. And if you startle them, good luck catching up. The swift parrot is known for its fast flight speeds, clocking up to 55 mph.

But conservationists need to keep tabs on these critically endangered parrots, whose numbers have dwindled to less than 1,000 pairs. So they’re bringing in robotic assistance. Scientists believe drones can help them track and protect the remaining swift parrots in the wild, and they’re already seeing some success with this tech, according to a new study.