Swift parrot nosedives into metaphor death

Australia’s swift parrot has been in decline for years; the population today is about 2,000. Apparently a flying marsupial called a sugar glider enjoys bolting down a swift parrot supper.

Robert Heinsohn, a conservation biologist at the Australian National University, this week gloomily predicted the end of the parrot: “These numbers are in free-fall. The swift parrot has been skating on thin ice for decades. Now it is just hanging on.” By the skin of its teeth presumably.