Critically endangered regent honeyeaters and swift parrots travel further in search of food

There's been a ripple of excitement — and hope — in the Australian birdwatching world after recent sightings of the critically endangered regent honeyeater and swift parrot in northern coastal regions of New South Wales.

Numbers of the Australian regent honeyeater are believed to be as low as 400 mature birds in the wild, with the swift parrot down to an estimated 2,000, and there are fears both species could become extinct.

The regent honeyeater had not been seen in NSW for six months, until a sighting was made at the Hunter Regional Botanical Gardens this week by Bill Kinsey from the Hunter Bird Observers Club.

Read the full story at ABC Online.

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