Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Critically Endangered

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche de Latham German: Schwalbensittich Spanish: Periquito migrador
Taxonomy:

Psittacus Discolor

Shaw

, 1790,

New South Wales, Australia

.

Describer previously given as J. White#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Tasmania, breeding mostly along SE coast. Winters in SE & E Australian mainland from SE South Australia to SE Queensland, especially in C Victoria#R.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; 50–74 g. Green, with forehead and front of face, chin and throat red outlined with yellow except for deep blue patch on mid-crown; underwing-coverts, undertail-... read more

Voice

Commonest vocalization a distinctive double note "chit-chit" and longer twittering series of the... read more

Habitat

In breeding season eucalypt forest, especially those with blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus),... read more

Food and feeding

Pollen and nectar, especially from Eucalyptus blossoms, in particular blue gum, but also Banksia and Xanthorrhoea... read more

Breeding

Oct–Jan. Nest in hole 7–20 m up in tree, usually a mature or senescent blue gum, often semi-colonially, sometimes with ... read more

Movements

Austral migrant, moving to Australian mainland Jan–May, a few birds remaining in Tasmania... read more

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Tasmania EBA. Breeding and wintering distributions vary considerably from year to year in response to... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2018). Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54530 on 18 June 2018).