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Race to stop parrot 'massacre' in Tasmania

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Australian scientists are racing to save critically endangered swift parrots from being "massacred" by sugar glider predators in Tasmania's ancient forests.

The rare parrots migrate to Tasmania to breed, and this year abundant food supplies will draw them to forests "infested" by marsupial sugar gliders that love to feast on eggs, chicks, and even sleeping adult birds.

"If we don't intervene immediately, this year could be a huge blow to the conservation of this species," Dr Dejan Stojanovic, a researcher at the Australian National University, told Sky News.

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