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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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Lathamus discolor

    Global warming threatens to alter habitat phenology and climatic conditions such that habitat availability may be significantly reduced (D.

    However during periods of extreme drought in central Victoria; Swift Parrots undertake large scale movements (up to 1;000 km) to drought refuge habitats in wetter coastal areas of New South Wales (D.

    Habitat loss and alteration within breeding and drought refuge habitats remains a key threat.