Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia.
Previously placed in genus Psephotus, or sometimes in Platycercus. Forms a species-group with P. dissimilis and P. chrysopterygius. Monotypic.
E Australia: C & S (and possibly N) Queensland; perhaps also N New South Wales, but no confirmed records#R.
Thought to have become extinct as a result of the drought of 1902 until rediscovered in 1918#R. Last confirmed observation in 1928; some credible reports continued into 1930s and 1940s#R; a claim of five individuals observed in 1990#R, but species now regarded as extinct#R. Its demise resulted primarily from reduction in food supply caused by drought and overgrazing#R; contributory factors include changes in fire frequencies and the spread of introduced prickly pears (Opuntia)#R, disease, trapping and egg-collecting#R, nest predation by both introduced and native species#R, and clearance of Eucalyptus#R. During the later stages of the species’ decline, inbreeding probably inhibited the fertility of individuals#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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