National Recovery Plan for the Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii
Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne
- National Recovery Plan for the Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii (PDF - 605 KB) | (Word - 1,375 KB)
The Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii is a large, mostly green parrot endemic to inland south-eastern Australia, where it occurs through the inland slopes and plains of New South Wales (including the Australian Capital Territory) to northern Victoria.
The Superb Parrot has suffered a decline in range and abundance over the last 100 years. Major threats include clearing and degradation of nesting and foraging habitat, disturbance around nesting sites, competition for nest hollows, trapping for the pet trade and road kills. The population is estimated to contain 5,000–8,000 birds.
The Superb Parrot is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It is also listed as Vulnerable in New South Wales (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995) and the Australian Capital Territory (Nature Conservation Act 1980), and Threatened in Victoria (Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988).
This national Recovery Plan for the Superb Parrot is the first national recovery plan prepared for the species. The Plan details the species' distribution and biology, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.