Swift Parrot

The Swift Parrot is a slim, fast flying, medium sized parrot which breeds in Tasmania and migrates to eastern Australia. It is a relative of the Rosella.

The parrots are 25 cm (10 in) long, mainly green with red on the face and shoulders. Females are somewhat duller in colour than males.

They nest in hollow trees from September to March. The female lays 3 – 5 white eggs. Their diet consists of seeds, grins, nectar, pollen and insects.

The are critically endangered with less than a thousand breeding pairs left in the wild.

Swift Parrot @ Safari Niagara

  • There is one female Swift Parrot living at Safari Niagara.
  • Her name is Booker.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Laathamus
Species: L. discolor

Did you know?

  • The greatest threat to these birds is the loss of nesting habitat.
  • The cutting down of old trees, often illegally, removes potential nesting sites.