New Parrots Settled in at Perth Zoo
We’ve got some new parrots on the patch – Western Ground Parrots that is!
Late last year, five critically endangered Western Ground Parrots were bought to the Zoo from Cape Arid National Park as part of the recovery work to save the species from extinction.
The logistics in bringing the birds to the Zoo was immense, and it’s a credit to all involved that the five new birds were seamlessly transitioned to the custom Western Ground Parrot aviaries at the Zoo.
Western Ground Parrots are critically endangered, but there is hope the arrival of these new birds in the captive research program will help us gain insights that will lead to a successful breeding program in the future.
With the significant increase in knowledge our expert zoologists have gained over the past four and a half years of working with Western Ground Parrots, we have been able to provide the new birds with customised care from the point of wild capture, transport and settling into Zoo life.
To further support the transition of the new birds, Perth Zoo has specialist plant food delivered weekly all the way from Albany. Because we all know a bit of comfort food helps anyone settle into a new home.
Intensive CCTV monitoring has been undertaken for the birds with the support of additional staff and Zoo volunteers, and this has provided great insight into their behaviour.
Our five Western Ground Parrots have been given fitting names, four of them from the Nyoongar language.
Monak (male) – meaning, sun; shine; heat.
Mingko (male) – meaning, brave.
Kangal (female) – meaning, sunrise.
Leuca (female) - named after the plant genus Melaleuca.
Kopin (female) – meaning, secret.
Efforts to secure a future for the Western Ground Parrot is led by the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation (DBCA) involving the work of Parks and Wildlife, Biodiversity and Conservation Science and Perth Zoo staff, collaboration with the passionate community group, the Friends of Western Ground Parrot and funding from the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots.
15 March 2019