Swift Parrot  |  

Lathamus discolor

Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The swift parrot is mostly bright green in colour, with dark-blue patches on the crown, a prominent red face, and the chin and throat are narrowly bordered with yellow. It is approximately 25 cm in length, the wingspan is 32 to 36 cm and it weighs approximately 65 g. It is a slim, medium-sized parrot with angular pointed wings and a slender tail giving it the characteristic streamlined flight-silhouette.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Lathamus discolor

    Wildfire impacts swift parrot habitat by altering tree flowering phenology (Woinarski Recher 1997) and tree cavity availability (Inions et al.; 1989 Gibbons et al.; 2000).
    Threats Predation by sugar gliders Until recently the main threat to swift parrots was thought to be habitat loss and alteration within breeding and drought refuge habitats.