Good news for threatened bird

Good news at last! The Department of Parks and Wildlife staff, assisted by volunteers, have found Western Ground Parrots in Nuytsland Nature Reserve for the first time in 10 years.

The critically endangered birds were recorded in the nature reserve, which abuts Cape Arid National Park, while staff were surveying for parrots that may have escaped from severe bushfires in October and November last year.

The last record of western ground parrots in Nuytsland was 2006.

Good news at last! Parks and Wildlife staff, assisted by volunteers, have found western ground parrots in Nuytsland…

Posted by Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Did you know that historical records suggest that the Critically Endangered Western Ground Parrot may have occurred on the coastal plains from the Dongara-Watheroo area, south-east of Geraldton, to Perth, and from Augusta-Flinders Bay to Israelite Bay, approximately 200 km east of Esperance?

A stunning picture of the Western Ground Parrot by Jennene Riggs, via DPAW.
A stunning picture of the Western Ground Parrot by Jennene Riggs, via DPAW.

The species was last recorded on the coastal plain north of Perth at the end of the 19th century and west of Albany in 1983.

Sadly, the current distribution of the Western Ground Parrot is endemic to near-coastal regions of south-western Western Australia (WA), which are highly fragmented habitats. In 2008, the species was found to occur in two regions: Fitzgerald River National Park (NP) and Cape Arid NP, and was last recorded in the south-western parts of Nuytsland Nature Reserve (NR) in 2006.

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