Lathamus Swift Parrot
Endangered Species / Code Red
Our beloved Swift Parrot is on the brink. Protection of all Swift Parrot habitat is critical. In an urgent first step there must be a rapid transition from native forest logging in Australia. This is an essential response to the bio-diversity and climate crises — and will provide a slender lifeline to the future for this extraordinary and beautiful bird.
About the project
Lathamus discolor or Swift Parrot is affectionately known as the ‘Swiftie’. Only breeding in Tasmania, the Swift Parrot is principally a bird of the sclerophyll forests and woodlands where it finds the bulk of its food among the foliage and blossom of eucalypts.
Listed as Critically Endangered, under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC), the Swift Parrot is on a trajectory towards extinction within a decade.
The OUTSIDE THE BOX / Earth Arts Rights team joins Wild Island, The Tree Project, BirdLife Tasmania and the Bob Brown Foundation in calling for an immediate end to forestry operations and other destructive practices in Swift Parrot habitat.
For the Swift Parrot to have a future decisive action from government is required. All public land that supports Swift Parrots must be placed under secure, permanent conservation management.
You can join the campaign to help save the Swift Parrot by contacting any of the organisations in the ‘Links’ section.
OUTSIDE THE BOX / Earth Arts Rights is using its design expertise to support the campaign to secure the future of this important bird. Working collaboratively with Rob Blakers (Director, Wild Island) and other environmental activists and ornithological experts we have helped produce a large format publication, Lathamus / The Critically Endangered Swift Parrot. This publication features stunning photography by Rob Blakers, Antoine Chretien, Steve Pearce and Billy Rowe and the latest research from experts in the ornithological field.
This limited edition pictorial publication will progress the conversation with decision makers at all levels of government around the urgent need to protect all remaining Swift Parrot native forest habitat.
A digital edition of the publication designed for individual users is available from our shop with funds raised being used for Swift Parrot conservation.
You might also be interested in our Birds of Tasmania by Susan Lester bespoke folio book. Funds raised from the sales of Birds of Tasmania will be used to support education and conservation initiatives in the ornithological field.
Buy SWIFTIE products
In addition to Lathamus / The Critically Endangered Swift Parrot pictorial publication which is available to purchase now, we are also producing a high quality 1000 piece Swift Parrot jigsaw puzzle to help raise much needed campaign funds for our ‘Swiftie’. The jigsaw is now available to pre-order for delivery in mid-November 2023.