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Settlement and Swift Parrots — historic and ongoing habitat loss for a critically endangered species (1788–2016)

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Saunders, DL and Russell, T (2016) Settlement and Swift Parrots — historic and ongoing habitat loss for a critically endangered species (1788–2016). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 150 (2). pp. 55-73. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The Swift Parrot, Lathamus discolor White, 1790, was among the first of Australia’s birds to be scientifically described and illustrated following European settlement in 1788. Within 60 years of settlement, key habitat throughout the species’ range was being lost. A unique compilation of historical and recent information on Swift Parrot habitat loss demonstrates how past events have rendered this species Critically Endangered. A crucial aspect of the loss of habitat is the speed and spatial extent over which it occurred. The most extensive loss happened during colonial times however, losses continue to this day due to various government land management policies and practices. Consequently, the Swift Parrot remains the subject of an ongoing national recovery program and its future is far from secure.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Swift Parrot, Lathamus discolor, colonial art, migration, habitat loss, forestry, agriculture, development, legislation, climate change, conservation.
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 55-73
ISSN: 0080-4703
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Copyright The Royal Society of Tasmania

Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 06:07
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 06:19
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