The Western Ground Parrot (Pezoporus flaviventris) was only
recently shown to be a genetically distinct species. This shift in taxonomic
status instantly rendered it one of Australia’s rarest birds. Less than 140
individuals are now thought to exist, with the majority of this population
confined to Cape Arid National Park. Recent monitoring activity suggests that
its numbers have declined alarmingly in recent years. This species in currently
classified as critically endangered both nationally, and within Western
In conjunction with, and under the guidance of,
nominated DPaW staff, undertake a scoping exercise to:
- Investigate the links between historic and predicted climate change impacts
and its effects on the Western Ground Parrot. This exercise would use multiple
species distribution modelling tools, namely MaxEnt, the Biomod2 ensemble
modelling application, and, where appropriate, statistical analysis, to
quantify the impact of a range of independent/predictive variables in
determining the potential distribution this species.
- Demonstrate how predicted changes in these independent variables may
influence the potential distribution of the Western Ground Parrot in the
- Commence the identification of associated indicator species, ecological
assemblages and conservation priorities to which the tools, data and
methodologies developed through this project can be applied.
- Identify ongoing research requirements and priorities.
South West Catchment Council
2016 – 2017
Dr Shaun Molloy (ECU)