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Parrots, people and plants : urban tree removal and habitat loss for the endangered swift parrot, Lathamus discolor

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Hingston, AB and Piech, M (2011) Parrots, people and plants : urban tree removal and habitat loss for the endangered swift parrot, Lathamus discolor. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 145. pp. 1-4. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Swift Parrots, Lathamus discolor, breed predominantly in southeastern Tasmania, including around the city of Hobart. While breeding, they feed mostly on the nectar and pollen of Tasmanian Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus, and Black Gum, E. ovata, trees. Swift Parrots are regularly observed foraging on these floral products in the Hobart suburb of Mt Nelson, where the trees produce more flowers than those in adjacent bushland. To investigate trends in the availability of food for Swift Parrots breeding near Hobart, we surveyed people who live
in Mt Nelson to ascertain the extent of removal of large eucalypt trees from their properties. The 294 respondents to our questionnaire
reported the presence of 263 large E. globulus and 109 large E. ovata on their properties. However, respondents also stated that they had
removed 88large E. globulus and 25large E. ovata trees in the past five to 10 years, and intended felling a further 13large E. globulus and
15 large E. ovata trees in the near future. This represents the removal of almost 30% of large trees of both species within a decade, and
suggests a decline in foraging habitat for Swift Parrots while breeding near Hobart.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, ecology, zoology, birds, threatened species management, urban ecology, wildlife, Swift Parrots, Latham us discolor, Tasmanian Blue Gum, Black Gum, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus ovata.
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-4
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2013 05:12
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:39
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