Western Ground Parrot, Kyloring
EPBC Status: Critically endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Pezoporus flaviventris — Western Ground Parrot, Kyloring
Found in: Western Australia
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Western Ground Parrot Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 437.31 KB)
Western Ground Parrot Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 357.48 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Western Ground Parrot is a medium-sized ground dwelling parrot confined to near‑coastal regions of south-western WA. The species is currently known from only two locations, with initial declines caused by habitat loss and degradation exacerbated by higher fire frequencies, predation from introduced carnivores and, more recently, sustained reductions in rainfall.
Recovery actions have focused on protecting wild populations from fire and introduced predators, plans to establish additional populations and attempted captive breeding at Perth Zoo. Predator baiting through the WA Government’s Western Shield program and more locally focused programs to reduce feral cat abundance have improved the outlook for Western Ground Parrots. Local conservation groups deliver on-ground recovery activities and undertake important work to raise awareness and community support.
Considerable investment and action in recent years has averted the extinction of Western Ground Parrots. However, the small remaining wild population and the vulnerability of the small area of occupied habitat to fire present considerable recovery challenges and the situation for this species remains perilous.
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Please note that this scorecard is due for review in Year 5 of the Threatened Species Strategy (2020). If you would like to contribute information on this species please provide your contact details to ThreatenedSpeciesCommissioner@awe.gov.au
Photo credit: © Jennene Riggs