9th Dec 2015 10:43 AM
A RARE ground parrot has made a flying recovery after being taken to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for treatment, and has renewed hopes for local ground parrot populations.
The arrival of the bird, dubbed Terra, arrival at the hospital was a milestone, becoming the first time an extremely rare species of bird has been taken in.
The young bird's presence indicated the species was still breeding on the Sunshine Coast after habitat loss reduced healthy populations.
The species is one of three nocturnal parrots in the world and is listed as vulnerable in Queensland.
The ground-dwelling birds stay out of sight, building nests in low-visibility places.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital director Rosie Booth said Terra's visit, although unfortunate, brought hope there was a healthy ground parrot population living locally.
"When we heard a ground parrot was coming in we were initially expecting a green budgie as ground parrots are so rare, so we were very impressed that the bird had been correctly identified and were even more excited to find that it had minor injuries and was very likely to make a full recovery," Dr Booth said.
Terra was found in an urban area and was most likely hit by a car.
She suffered trauma with air leaking from a ruptured air sac, inflating her with every breath.
After confirming there were no fractures, the Wildlife Hospital team was able to drain the accumulating air on a daily basis and nurse her through recovery before releasing her back into the wild.