|Termite Mounds were used for nesting by the Paradise Parrot|
Recently I was driving through habitat that was once part of the Paradise Parrots former range. The Paradise Parrot (Psephotus pulcherriumus) has been extinct for quite some time now (having last been seen around 1927) and although there is a view by some that it still exists, this is rather unlikely. Take a look in the collection of many museums around the world and you will find a cabinet holding the skins of this little Aussie parrot. Aside from some great photos and notes on the birds, skins and some eggs are about all we have left of the bird.
|Skins of the Paradise Parrot are all we have left of the bird|
Though the parrot is gone, there is one remnant left that reminds one of this Parrot that once occupied the lands. You see the Paradise Parrot was a Ant-bed Parrot that excavated a nesting chamber in terrestrial termite mounds. These termite mounds still to this day dot the land. As such I thought I'd quickly pull the car over, get out the Iphone (sadly didn't have my camera) and snap a couple of photos of the termite mounds for all to see.
|Termite mounds still dot much of the past range of the Paradise Parrot|
|The Hooded Parrot - Another of the Ant-bed Parrots|
|This Termite mound in its present state is likely too have been too small for the Parrots|
For those wanting to know more about these spectacular birds visit the following site - http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/paradiseparrot/index.html