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Swift parrot breeding locations 2016-17

​Swift parrots nest in different areas each year, dependent on the highly variable flowering regime of blue and black gums.  The Australian National University are conducting their annual surveys at the moment, to identify the breeding sites for this year. 
So far, swift parrots have primarily been found breeding on Bruny Island (both north and south), on the d'Entrecasteaux Channel, in the southern forests and around Hobart. It's still possible that other areas are also in use; we'll post updates if we obtain additional information.

If you're considering activities in these areas that could impact on breeding, and that can't be delayed till autumn, please contact us for further advice and precise detail on locations. 

Such activities include burning and tree-cutting in mature forests, and cutting flowering blue gums or black gums. See the swift parrot profile​ for more information on potential impacts. 

An awareness of the call may help you identify the presence of birds. The call, and other information on the bird’s biology, management and conservation is provided on the swift parrot profile​

The surveys have not yet been completed, but we aim to share any additional findings as soon as we receive them. 

We and ANU welcome any additional observations of swift parrots and of flowering blue gums and black gums.  We would also appreciate reports of any collisions into windows and other man-made structures by swift parrots. These events are of interest to research, and we may be able to assist in reducing the risk of any repeat events. 

Please contact us​ with any information you can provide, and circulate this update to others who may be able to act on it.​

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