The Swift Parrot

Swift parrots (Lathamus discolor) are one of Australia’s rare species of parrot and are listed as critically endangered. It is estimated that less than 2,000 birds live in the wild.

Why are Swift parrots threatened?

Swift parrots are only found in south-eastern Australia. They breed in Tasmania and begin migration to the mainland around April each year in search of winter foraging habitat and mature feed trees. Current records show scattered but significant sightings of Swift Parrots around Wagga Wagga, Temora, Tarcutta and Gundagai. Tree health and habitat quality in these areas is currently in decline as a result of climatic stresses, clearing for agriculture and peri-urban development.

What can I do?

  • Protect existing Swift Parrot habitat
  • Establish new Swift Parrot habitat.

For more information contact Allie Maffei, Senior Land Services Officer on 0427 662 811 or

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