Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor


Brereton, R. 1996. The Swift Parrot Recovery Plan 1997–1999. Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Hobart.

Brereton, R.; Mallick, S. A.; Kennedy, S.J. 2004. Foraging preferences of Swift Parrots on Tasmanian Blue-gum: tree size, flowering frequency and flowering intensity. Emu 104: 377-383.

Crates, R.; Rayner, L.; Stojanovic, D.; Webb, M.; Heinsohn, R. 2017. Undetected Allee effects in Australia's threatened birds: implications for conservation. Emu - Austral Ornithology 117(3): 207-221.

Garnett, S. T.; Szabo, J. K.; Dutson, G. 2011. The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Heinsohn, R., Webb, M., Lacy, R., Terauds, A., Alderman, R. and Stojanovic, D. 2015. A severe predator-induced population decline predicted for endangered, migratory swift parrots (Lathamus discolor). Biological Conservation 186: 75-82.

Kennedy, S.J.; Tzaros, C. L. 2005. Foraging ecology of the Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor in the box-ironbark forests and woodlands of Victoria. Pacific Conservation Biology 11: 158-173.

Saunders, D. L.; Heinsohn, R. 2008. Winter habitat use by the endangered, migratory Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) in New South Wales. Emu 108(1): 81-89.

Saunders, D.; Brereton, R.; Tzaros, C.; Holdsworth, M.; Price, R. 2007. Conservation of the Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor - management lessons for a threatened migratory species. Pacific Conservation Biology 13: 111-119.

Stojanovic, D., Webb, M.H., Alderman, R., Porfirio, L.L. and Heinsohn, R. 2014. Discovery of a novel predator reveals extreme but highly variable mortality for an endangered migratory bird. Diversity and Distributions 20(10): 1200-1207.

Swift Parrot Recovery Team. 2001. Swift Parrot recovery plan.

Tzaros, C.; Saunders, D.; Webb, M.; Ingwersen, D. 2009. Swift Parrots - dynamic migrants within a drought-prone environment. Wingspan 19(3): 14-15.

Vine, S. 2015. A Swift Exit. BirdLife Australia. Available at: (Accessed: 17/09/2015).

Further resources

Australian Govt - Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000 - Recovery Outline

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Media resources

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Lathamus discolor. Downloaded from on 25/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2021.