The western ground parrot is one of the world? most endangered birds. Unfortunately, due to fires that recently broke out in their habitat in Australia, the species faces an uncertain future. Prior to the fires there were only 140 of the birds remaining, Scientific American reports. The ground-dwelling birds rely on dense vegetation for nesting and the fires that burned through Cape Arid National Park destroyed much of their nesting sites. It has been reported that 90 percent of the western ground parrot? habitat has been destroyed.
According to Scientific American, “Officials for Western Australia? Department of Parks and Wildlife [DPaW] told the Australian Broadcasting Company that two ?ockets?of the birds?habitat did not burn and that automated recording devices indicate that an unknown number of the birds remain alive in those sections. Two birds ?a male and a female ?were rescued before fires completely overran the park and are now recovering at Perth Zoo, which already has five other parrots in their collection.?lt;/span>
The challenge for the DPaW is finding out what remains ?how much of the bird? habitat has been salvaged and how many birds are actually left. Sarah Comer of the DPaW told the Australian Broadcasting Company that it? possible that some of the birds may have escaped to Israelite Bay. However, even though they can fly, western ground parrots are ground-dwelling birds, making that possibility quite unlikely.
Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, an organization working to conserve the species, is trying to raise $100,000 to help save the species from extinction. At press time, $3,948.31 had been raised. Click here if you wish to donate.