The Princess Parrot was discovered buy John Gould. He named it in 1863. He named it after his wife. Aboriginal people call this bird Jurlurrjurlurr maybe because it is very loud.
They live in the Australian Outback but they move from place to place. They might go to a place and leave never to come back!
This species feeds on pollen, nectar and grass seeds.
They breed in a hollow tree that is next to a nearby stream.
Population numbers are not know with the princess Parrot. It is very difficult to find these birds. In fact between 1950 and 1984, there were only 25 recorded sighting of this bird! Scientists do believe that their population is declining. Bird collectors from other countries will pay huge amount of money for Aussie Parrots especially rare ones like this one. Imagine you were having a peaceful day than suddenly along came a bird trapper and took you and you family and for the rest of your life you were kept in a tiny, dirty barred cage and you could barely fly! Would you like that? But they don't only take the adults, they also take their eggs! They are very popular in the illegal pet trade. Feral cats and Foxes prey on Princess Parrots. When they are feeding on seeds on the ground it makes them very vulnerable.
Stopping bird trappers is extremely difficult. You can report if you see bird trappers to the Threatened Species Network.
How You Can Help
- Don't buy them as pets
- Don't support bird trappers and if you see one report it to the Threatened Species Network
- Put up nest boxes
- Spread the message
Hans & Judy Beste