Restoring Superb Parrot Flyways

The Restoring Superb Parrot Flyways project aims to restore superb parrot foraging habitat in the Mulwala-Savernake district of the NSW Murray region.

Male superb parrot

ABOUT THE SUPERB PARROT

The superb parrot is a large, attractive parrot, with a distinctive yellow neck and forehead and an orange blaze under the chin.

It nests in River Red Gum tree hollows along the Murray and Edward/Kolety Rivers. Each day flocks of superb parrots fly out to forage in nearby grassy Grey Box, Yellow Box, Black Box, White Cypress Pine & Boree woodlands.

The Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) is listed as vulnerable in NSW and Australia. There are fewer than 5,000 – 10,000 birds remaining in the wild.

The mains threats to the superb parrot are the loss of hollow-bearing trees, clearing of woodlands and vehicle strike while feeding on roadside grain spills.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT DOING FOR SUPERB PARROTS?

This project will work with landholders to restore foraging habitat and flyways for Superb Parrots by:

  • protecting remnants containing hollow-bearing trees by fencing and excluding grazing stock;
  • planting and direct seeding of known food plants for superb parrots, such as Gold-dust Wattle, Silver Wattle, Deane’s Wattle, Wallaby Grass, Wedge-leaf Hopbush, Creeping Saltbush; and
  • creating revegetation flyways to improve connectivity between foraging and breeding habitat including paddock trees with hollows where possible.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP SUPERB PARROTS?

  • Retain and protect woodland remnants.
  • Ensure that impacts to Superb Parrot habitat are avoided and if this is not achievable ensure that loss of habitat is adequately offset
  • Report grain spills to local authorities so they can be removed.
  • Report suspected illegal bird trapping, egg collection or sales to NPWS.
  • Cover grain trucks and check all openings are properly sealed.
  • Remove feral bee colonies from hollows in Superb Parrot habitat, or report them to the relevant land manager (OEH, NPWS, LLS, Crown Lands, Local Government)
  • Ensure that hazard reduction burns and stubble burns avoid damaging large hollow-bearing trees that provide Superb Parrot breeding habitat

Superb Parrots

MORE INFORMATION

If you wish to know more about superb parrots or get involved in the incentive program, please contact Shanna Rogers on 02 6051 2241, 0457 733 261, shanna.rogers@lls.nsw.gov.au

For more detailed information on the superb parrot, please visit the NSW Government’s superb parrot profile.

This project is supported by Murray Local Land Services, through funding from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.