National Recovery Plan for the Regent Parrot (eastern subspecies) Polytelis anthopeplus monarchoides
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne, 2011
- National Recovery Plan for the Regent Parrot (eastern subspecies) Polytelis anthopeplus monarchoides (PDF - 487 KB) | (Word - 589 KB)
The eastern subspecies of the Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus monarchoides (herein referred to as the eastern Regent Parrot) is restricted to a single population occurring in inland south-eastern Australia, in the lower Murray–Darling basin region of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Within this range, the eastern Regent Parrot occurs in riverine and mallee woodlands and forests.
The eastern Regent Parrot has suffered a decline in range and abundance over the last 100 years. Major threats include clearing and degradation of nesting and foraging habitat, disturbance around nesting sites, competition for nest hollows, deliberate killing of birds, road kills and accidental poisoning. The population is estimated to be no more than 1,500 adult breeding pairs.
The eastern Regent Parrot is currently listed as Vulnerable under the Australian Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Within its range states, the Regent Parrot is listed as Vulnerable under the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Endangered under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. This national Recovery Plan for the eastern Regent Parrot is the first national recovery plan prepared for the species. The Plan details the species' distribution and biology, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival. This is the first national recovery plan for this subspecies. However, previous research and management activities have been conducted by State conservation agencies and Catchment Authorities. A national recovery team was established in 2009 which acts as a forum to share information between people working on this species and its' first task has been to completion of this plan.