What do they look like? The Macleay’s fig-parrot may be described as a small, stumpy green parrot with bright patches of colour above their beak and around their eyes.
Where do they live? Fig-parrots are arboreal and spend their days foraging amongst rainforest trees. The Australian species are found in only three isolated populations along the eastern seaboard of Australia. The Macleay’s fig-parrot is found in north Queensland from the Atherton tablelands to Townsville.
What do they eat? Macleay’s fig-parrots are seed eaters and feed on figs and other fruits to extract the kernels. They have also been known to eat fungi, nectar and insects.
Behaviour: Outside of breeding season, fig-parrots congregate in small flocks and are diurnal. They can often be heard chattering to each other except when they are feeding when they are silent.
Reproduction: Macleay’s fig-parrots nest from August to January and excavate nests in small hollows or rotten branches of trees. Both parents help construct the nest chamber in which the female will lay 2-3 eggs. The male will feed the female at the nest while she incubates their eggs.
Threats: Habitat destruction has led to a significant reduction in wild populations. Loss of suitable nest hollows and aged trees inhibits breeding.
Trout have also been spotted eating the frog’s larvae (tadpoles), and this is believed to be another cause in the decline of the frog population.
Conservation Status: Threatened.