JANUARY 15 2019 - 3:21PM
A nest of the western ground parrot was discovered for the first time in more than 100 years in Cape Arid National Park.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions principle research scientist Allan Burbidge said the department had monitored the Western Ground Parrot population and managed known threats.
“This is the first time a nest has been found in the wild,” he said.
“The species formerly occurred along the south coast from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Arid, and in a few near-coastal areas south of Geraldton.
“It is now confined to heathlands in Cape Arid National Park and the adjacent Nuytsland Nature Reserve.”
A small number of Western Ground Parrots are in Perth Zoo, the only birds of the species in captivity.
The discovery was made by a department research team in November 2018.
Mr Burbidge said the main threat to the parrot was introduced predators and bushfires.
A fire started by lightning on January 13, 2019 went on to burn through important parts of the parrot’s habitat.
Parks and Wildlife Services said the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions would evaluate the impact of the fire on the parrot once the fire was contained.