Updated 30 Apr 2019, 4:37am
Wildlife experts in Tasmania will attempt to trap two critically endangered parrots that have been spotted in a backyard well off their migratory course in the state's far south.
It is the end of the breeding season for orange-bellied parrots, and by this point the birds should be somewhere between Melaleuca and mainland Australia.
But a captive-bred male and wild-born female — both are fitted with leg bands for identification — were sighted in Cockle Creek, happily grazing on a backyard lawn.
Ornithologist Mark Holdsworth told ABC Radio Hobart it was concerning because the birds were more than 60 kilometres off course.
"While this is an interesting sighting, their chances of survival are very low and it will be almost impossible to track them when they leave this site," he said.