First ever record of the nest and nesting chronology of the critically endangered red-faced parrot

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On our last Parrots in Peril expedition a nest of the critically endangered red-faced parrot was found. The first to be documented in science. It was 20 metres high, in a hollow in the tree trunk made when a large branch snapped off. Realising the significance of the find, Paul twice  climbed up to the nest, being careful to be quick and safe, so as not to jeopardise the nesting attempt. On the first occasion two eggs were found (all parrots lay two eggs). On the second inspection, the eggs had hatched and two fledglings were described. “It is amazing experience to realise that you are probably the first person to have ever seen this ever!”is how Paul described the memorable events.

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