The Coxen’s Fig-parrot is one of Australia’s most endangered parrots. It is an elusive, small green parrot with large patches of blue above its beak and red-orange cheek patches trimmed with maroon-blue. It has a small tail which gives it an almost stumpy appearance. To the untrained eye, it may be mistaken for a lovebird.
There are three sub-species of Fig-parrot in Australia with the Coxen’s being geographically discreet from its north Queensland counterparts. Found in eastern coastal Australia from Gladstone in Queensland south to Port Macquarie in New South Wales, there is very little known about this species. It is believed this little parrot feeds mostly on the seeds of ficus and other native and non-native trees and shrubs and nests in the dead and decaying branches of trees.
If you think you may have seen this bird, please download a sightings form at http://www.environment.gov.au/node/15420 and send to Dr Ian Gynther (Ian.Gynther@ehp.qld.gov.au). Your sightings whether recent or past may contribute greatly to the knowledge and protection of this endangered species.
How we are helping:
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been an integral member of the Coxen’s Fig-parrot Recovery Team since its inception in 1992. Over the past 20 years, Currumbin keepers have worked with the closely related Macleay’s Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta diopthalma macleayana) to establish breeding and husbandry protocols that will be used in the event that the Coxen’s Fig-parrot is brought into captivity.
Come and visit us to see our conservation work at the below onsite park location.
Rainforest Aviaries en-route to map reference #5 Currumbin Wildlife Hospital