The Superb Parrot is a large, attractive parrot found across inland New South Wales and Victoria, with a distinctive yellow neck and forehead and an orange blaze under the chin. Although it usually nests in tree hollows of river red gums along inland rivers, it forages elsewhere, on the adjacent riverine plains and sandhills dominated by myall, white cypress pine and box trees. Each day they fly between their breeding and feeding habitats, sometimes congregating into spectacular flocks compromising of 30 birds or more.
In the Riverina region, the largest population of superb parrots breed along the Murrumbidgee River from Wagga Wagga, west to Carrathool. The majority of known nest sites are located in the river red gums of the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Breeding birds forage in woodlands up to 10km from the nesting sites, and after breeding, the parents and fledglings move further afield. This post-fledging period is thought to be a critical time for the survival of newly independent young birds who disperse over a wide area but lack experience in finding and making use of foraging locations.
The most significant threat to the Superb Parrot in the Riverina is widespread clearing and degradation of foraging habitats, particularly the loss of wattles, native hop bushes and perennial grasses. The superb parrot is primarily a seed eater and relies heavily on these plants at different times of the year.
Greening Australia is working to protect the Superb Parrot by addressing the loss of foraging habitat and improving the availability of food resources. Sites are being restored which are strategically located within their breeding and immediate post-breeding season range.
These threats will be addressed at priority sites covering approximately 700 ha of land. In more detail, we will be:
For this project, Greening Australia is working in partnership with Officeworks, the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program, and the NSW Environmental Trust.
Graham has been delivering the WOPR project since its inception in 2008 after completing his research on sheep production in revegetated paddocks in 2006. Graham co-ordinates the on ground design and direct seeding components and uses this experience to improve WOPR methodologies and applications across diverse landscapes.