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2005-02-06 10:01:54

CARIBBEAN NATIONAL FOREST, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Raucous squawking erupts from cages filled with dozens of parrots - a hopeful sound from a species on the brink of extinction. The last chance of survival for the Puerto Rican parrot may lie in forest aviaries where these captive birds began their nesting in January under close observation. Researchers estimate only 30 to 35 Puerto Rican parrots remain in the wild, making it one of the world's 10 most endangered birds. Parrots across the...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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