The Western Ground Parrot, is one of the rarest parrots in the world and almost extinct. It is unique to WA and their numbers are fast declining. Numbers were estimated at around 140 wild individuals last year, however recent fires in the area are likely to have caused devastation to population numbers.
The Western Ground Parrot is a medium-sized parrot with mainly green and yellow feathers which have brown and black flecks giving it an excellent camouflage. It has a bright red band above the beak. Its tail is quite long. The western ground parrot usually feeds alone or with one other bird, spending the majority of its life on the ground. They survive on flowers, fruits and seeds. They are rarely seen because they rarely fly or call during daylight, and they are usually hidden among low vegetation. The bird can usually be heard an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset. Their plumage offers a good camouflage.
Western Ground Parrots inhabit coastal heathlands with a diverse range of low-growing shrubs, especially where there are patches of vegetation of different ages. They usually occur in areas that have not been burnt for more than 40 years, though they very occasionally venture into areas that are regenerating 2–3 years after a fire has moved through, but only if there is older, unburnt vegetation nearby.
They have also been recorded in the Waychinnicup–Many Peaks area.
Seven critically endangered western ground parrots have been transferred by the Department of Parks and Wildlife of Western Australia in July 2014 from a secluded south coast enclosure in Western Australia to the Perth Zoo, where it is hoped they will successfully breed.
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