The Mainland Ground Parrot is an elusive little bird, as bright green as the grass it’s hiding in! Sadly, much of its habitat has been destroyed by the recent large-scale fires, and numbers were already dwindling. We’re worried that without critical strongholds to keep them safe, this bird will slide down the path to extinction.
If you’ve ever heard an unexpected concert of different bird calls in the middle of a forest glade… you might be near a Superb Lyrebird. It’s hard to believe this once-common Aussie mimic is now so vulnerable after the fires. Will you help save them?
Mainland Ground Parrots spend most of their lives on the ground, darting through dense undergrowth with their long legs, hiding from foxes and cats. With your help to identify and protect safe homes, birds like these won’t be lost forever.
The megafires earlier this year were unprecedented in scale and ferocity. So much bird habitat was burnt that we’re now facing our worst nightmare.
Australia lost over a billion animals. Birds once thought safe have become newly vulnerable.
The long-term impacts of the fires are likely to push more birds onto the ‘threatened’ list. Among them are birds like the usually resilient and successful wet forest lyrebirds, and the sweet little heath-loving Mainland Ground Parrot.
We fear the Superb Lyrebird may have plunged from being ‘common’ to being ‘threatened’ in just a few devastating weeks over summer.
And we’re concerned the Mainland Ground Parrot is now at risk of sliding perilously down the same slope to extinction that the Critically Endangered Western Ground Parrot is on.
It seems like all living creatures – including people – are suddenly under threat this year… And as we fight to protect our vulnerable loved ones and Australian communities from COVID-19, all of us at BirdLife Australia have renewed passion to protect our vulnerable birds in the face of the extinction crisis.
Yet while everyone is feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our own lives, and focused on managing the global health pandemic, nature is at risk of being forgotten.
Our dedicated teams continue to work around the clock to save our precious birds. But we urgently need your help to meet the scale of effort required to deal with the extinction crisis.
More birds than ever before need protection and refuge, and we need the financial resources to deliver these vital conservation actions.
What will your gift do?
1. Identify and protect fire-resilient havens, where birds like Superb Lyrebirds can recover from the fires and be safe from threats
2. Find vital strongholds for birds like Mainland Ground Parrots, so they're safer from future large-scale fires and habitat loss
3. Purchase automated call recorders for critical detection and monitoring of bird survivors after the fires
We're still investigating post-fire data, and your generous help is crucial to make sure no at-risk birds are overlooked.
Photos, top down: Superb Lyrebird © Chris Tzaros, Birds Bush and Beyond, Mainland Ground Parrot © Christopher Grounds (BirdLife Photo Award image), Superb Lyrebird © Alex Maisey, Mainland Ground Parrot © Leigh Pieterse (BirdLife Photo Award image)