“Elusive parrot not a flight risk”

Copyright: Abby Berryman/DPaW
Copyright: Abby Berryman/DPaW

We asked researchers from ECU’s School of Natural Sciences about some of their favourite Australian wildlife. In this piece PhD student Tim Doherty talks about his choice, the Kyloring or the western ground parrot (Pezoporus flaviventris).

Why would a bird perfectly capable of flying decide to spend most of its life on the ground?

It’s a question you could ask a western ground parrot, however locating one of these critically endangered birds could prove a challenge – it’s estimated there are less than 110 left in the wild.

Read more at ECU news

 

Why is one of Australia’s most threatened species not on the Red List?

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The IUCN Red List is the principal resource for the conservation status of threatened species, yet one of Australia’s most threatened species isn’t on the List, and here’s why: Continue reading