Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii

Family: Psittacidae (Parrots)

Authority: (Desmarest, 1826)

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
Recent evidence strongly suggests that the population of this species is well over 10,000 individuals and although there are projected declines in nest hollows of 20-29% for one part of the population over the next three generations (19 years), there is not believed to be sufficient evidence of the link between hollow availability and parrot abundance such that the total population could be predicted to decline at a rate approaching 30% in the three generations. The species is consequently listed as Least Concern. If it is demonstrated that the loss of dead trees is likely to cause significant future declines in the global population, the status of this and other nest hollow-dependent species would warrant reconsideration.

Population size: 10000-19999

Population trend: Increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 95,300 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - Australia
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Polytelis swainsonii. Downloaded from on 26/02/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/02/2021.