Swift Parrot uplisted to critically endangered under IUCN

In October this year, the Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) was uplisted under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to critically endangered status.  A nomination to uplist the Swift Parrot to critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 was made earlier this year, and the federal government is expected to complete their assessment by the end of the year. 

The Swift Parrot population is under severe pressure from combined threats of loss of breeding habitat and nest predation by Sugar Gliders (Peraurus breviceps). Population viability analysis (PVA) modeling undertaken by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) predicts that the population will decline by an average of 87% (79-95%) over three generations (12-18 years) (Heinsohn et al. 2015).

See the IUCN listing here. 

Cited:    Heinsohn R, Webb M, Lacy R, Terauds A, Alderman R, Stojanovic D 2015. A severe predator-induced population decline predicted for endangered, migratory swift parrots (Lathamus discolor). Biological Conservation 186, 75-82. 

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