Pezoporus wallicus flaviventris (western ground parrot), family Psittacidae, is a mediumsized, slender, long-tailed parrot about 30 cm in length and 84 to 110 g in weight . Adults of both sexes are bright green with a diagnostic red or orange-red band across the forehead, a brown-grey to dark grey bill, pale yellow or light brown eyes, a yellow belly, black streaks on the head and neck, black blotches and streaks on the breast, black and yellow bars on the back, shoulders, underbody and tail, and cream to flesh-pink or brownish-grey legs and feet . The western ground parrot differs from the eastern ground parrot, Pezoporus wallicus wallicus, and the Tasmanian ground parrot, Pezoporus wallicus leachi, which both have thicker and more prominent black markings on the head, neck and belly. The three subspecies are also geographically isolated from one another. Genetic analysis suggests that the western ground parrot may warrant species status, however a formal revision of the ground parrot is needed to confirm this.
Western Ground Parrot, Kyloring |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Pezoporus wallicus flaviventris
Ongoing changes in climate may exacerbate the threat and impacts of fire.