As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Death sparks fear for future of birds

THE death of an endangered bird at Marcoola, one of a species whose survival is being increasingly threatened by the loss of habitat, has raised serious concerns about the rollback of legislation meant to protect it and other creatures in a similar predicament.

The survival of the beautiful ground parrot, a 30-33cm long creature with a long tail and green, yellow colouring with brown and black flecks and a red band above the beak, has been critical to the assessment of a number of development projects across the region.

Sunshine Coast Environment Council spokeswoman Narelle McCarthy said while its endangered listing had been an issue raised as part of a number of development approval processes it had not slowed the large scaled development that has claimed a lot of the region's coastal heathland.

The bird found dead in front of the Marcoola 7-11 this week is believed to have come out of a small population located on Sunshine Coast Airport where, because of its fenced perimeters, the creature has found a sanctuary of sorts.

Ground parrots usually nest and inhabit thick coastal heathland vegetation. Ms McCarthy said those living on the airport had adapted to modified habitat because of the protection provided from wild cats and foxes.

However, changes to the Vegetation Management Act won't ensure those birds' continued protection once redevelopment of the airport proceeds. Nor is the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act likely to be the federal backstop it once was.

Ground parrots have very long legs, toes and claws.

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