Regent Parrots: Perched on the brink of extinction
Help us learn more about Regent Parrots in South Australia. Numbers of this beautiful bird have declined alarmingly and we want to find out why!
The South Australian Regional Regent Parrot Recovery Team is calling on members of the public to submit their sightings of Regent Parrots, in an effort to understand more about their movements, breeding ecology and feeding behaviour. With better information it is hoped that more effective protection measures can be put in place to safeguard this bird into the future.
"He has the full moon on his breast,
The moonbeams are about his wing;
He has the colours of a king."
"The Smoker Parrot" by John Shaw Nielsen (1872-1942)
This description of the Regent Parrot clearly refers to the brilliant colours of a mature male bird. The female is equally attractive, but the brilliant yellow body and head colours are replaced with olive green. The juvenile birds (less than two years of age) are similar in colouration to the female.
These attractive birds form flocks and move around the landscape in the Riverland area in SA ranging along the river from near Swan Reach to the SA/NSW border utilising both the river corridor and adjacent mallee areas, up to 50 km from the river.
Large flocks once roamed around this part of the state, but sadly, over the past couple of decades the number and size of these flocks has declined dramatically.
A group of local volunteers has formed a partnership with DEWNR, Landcare groups and Banrock Station to form a committee to investigate this decline and hopefully find a way to prevent the species from declining further. This group is known as the SA Regent Parrot Recovery Team (SARPRT).