On the Brink of Extinction

Golden-shouldered parrot

Psephotellus chrysopterygius

Status: endangered

The golden-shouldered parrot lives in open forested grassland and builds its nest in the taller magnetic termite mounds. It is listed as endangered (CITES I), with population surveys pointing to a total wild population of around 2000 birds, with around 300 breeding pairs. Their numbers are decreasing. 

Far North Queensland

Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS, 1/1600, f/10, ISO 1250, tripod from a hide

by Ofer Levy