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 Tasman Parakeet Recovery Project with World Parrot Trust

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The diminutive Tasman Parakeet (recognised by IUCN as Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae cookii) is Near Threatened/Appendix I in the wild, with a mere 50-100 mature individuals. Clearance of forests before 1950 for timber, agriculture and pasture and the degradation of foliage has severely reduced suitable habitat and nest-sites for these parrots. Recovery of the species has also been hampered by a low number of breeding females.

Since 2013 WPT has been supporting work aimed at conserving the last of the Tasman Parakeets in Norfolk Island National Park. In the early stages of the project WPT funded two GPS units to link to satellites from the deep valleys where some of the parrots are located. Through the Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan further conservation actions have included control of introduced mammals and birds to minimize disturbance to females while nesting, and development of a translocation strategy to nearby Phillip Island. With these actions the number of chicks fledging has increased over the last couple of years.

Read more about this with World Parrot Trust here.

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