The Coxen’s Fig-parrot is one of Australia’s most critically endangered birds with only ~100 breeding birds left in the wild. This charismatic but elusive little parrot is local to south-east Queensland and feeds mainly on the fruits (or flowers) of fig trees. Here at the Sanctuary, supervisor Clancy Hall helped the Sanctuary to develop husbandry guidelines for the species using the closely related Macleay’s Fig-parrot. This information will be vital in the event that a Coxen’s Fig-parrot is brought into captivity.
The Sanctuary houses 17 fig-parrots which guests can see on display daily in the Rain-forest Aviary. The Sanctuary participates in many threatened bird species programs and is also a strong supporter of Rainforest Rescue who raises money to help save the Cassowary from extinction.
Clancy looks to continue her amazing work in 2015 with projects such as the Eastern Bristlebird in the pipe line.
Visit our website www.cws.org.au for educational resources on endangered species as well as more information on our conservation programs.