Australian King Parrots in Plight
WIRES, the national wildlife organisation of Australia, has released a statement expressing its alarm about increasing numbers of sick and dying king parrots being brought to it. Jae Price, chairwoman of the central New South Wales branch, say they are being brought at least one dying king parrot a day. Ms Price says the cold snap has led to an increase in the felling of dead trees for firewood, eliminating the birds' nesting places.
"They're coming in extremely underweight," she said.
"If you could imagine that breastbone being sharp as a knife, this is how they're coming in.
"We're taking the wood off the side of the road ... we're taking it in the paddocks and because we're chopping these trees down we're forcing the king parrots to use the same nest site over and over and over again."
If anyone in Australia finds a sick or malnourished king parrot it should be taken to the nearest vet immediately, who will assess the bird and contact WIRES.