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Regent Parrot Count in Mallee

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A count of the Murray Mallee region's rare Regent Parrot numbers is underway this Biodiversity Month.

The vulnerable bird with yellow plumage and a green tail, is only found in the region and in Western Australia, with ecologists keen to find out more about their habits and behaviours.

Thanks to a collaborative effort of volunteers, the Regent Parrot Recovery Team, Mid Murray Landcare SA, National Parks and Wildlife Service SA and the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board, a census is underway.

Data from the survey will help guide recovery on the ground and will inform which native food plants landholders can plant to help sustain their future.

You can help the team’s conservation efforts by reporting any sightings of regent parrots that you see while out and about within the river red gum and Mallee and agricultural habitats in the Lower Murray-Darling Basin region of South Australia.

Find out more on the new website www.saregentparrot.org.au.

Photo at top of a juvenile Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus) at the Bird Walk (Walk-in Aviary), Canberra, WikiCommons supplied