Spring brings good news for Norfolk Island’s iconic green parrots – they will get new nesting sites thanks to a grant from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. This will help us repair or replace at least thirty ‘artificial’ nesting sites in the park. The artificial sites mimic the natural nesting environment – rangers fill them with local nesting material and keep predators and competitors like cats, rats and crimson rosellas at bay. We’re hoping this will encourage our green parrots to breed and further increase their numbers.
Green parrots are one of Norfolk Island’s 60 endangered or vulnerable species. Before settlement there were hundreds of these guys – but with land clearing and the introduction of cats, rats and red parrots, their numbers declined dramatically. By the early 1980s, there were fewer than 30 green parrots left in the wild.
Here at Norfolk Island National Park we are protecting their habitat – and numbers have increased. We are always working to keep cat and rat numbers down and improve the parrots’ habitat through weed removal.
This helping hand comes at a significant time – each September National Threatened Species Day marks the anniversary of the death of the last known Tasmanian tiger. It reminds us to protect habitat and help our plants and animals.
Coral, Norfolk Island National Park