Wed. Nov 20th, 2019

Hybrid helmeted honeyeater introduced to save bird from extinction

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Researchers have introduced three dozen hybrid helmeted honeyeaters into the wild in an attempt to prevent the critically endangered bird from dying out because of inbreeding. On Friday, the juvenile birds were released into the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, which holds the only wild population of critically endangered helmeted honeyeaters, in an unusual attempt at genetic species rescue. The researchers say that without interbreeding, fertility rates within the 230-strong wild population could drop so low that the species would not survive.