From the headline of Mongabay: Exceptional beauty, exceptional risk: New study reveals extinction dangers for parrots.
Known for their intelligence and extraordinary rock star-like appearances, parrots inhabit subtropical and tropical regions across the globe. They are one of the more well-known tropical bird species in the developed world, with appearances in popular culture ranging from their familiar role as a pirate’s talkative companion to colorful sports team mascots. These unique birds are valued for their beauty, companionship and intellectual abilities, making them a popular choice for household pets. However, their popularity comes with a great price.
You might have seen recently that swift parrots – little green parrots that migrate between mainland south east Australia and Tasmania – are headed for extinction. In modelling published in Biological Conservation, my colleagues and I found that these parrots could be all but gone within 16 years, largely through being eaten by sugar gliders.
Rob Heinsohn is a Professor of Evolutionary and Conservation Biology at the Australian National University