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Nest boxes’ aim is to help parrot population

By Country News

Another 150 nest boxes are being installed in the Warby Ranges-Killawarra region in a bid to help preserve turquoise parrots.

The project is the sixth turquoise parrot-focused project undertaken by Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network in four years.

By the time the latest project is completed in 2020, the total number of nest boxes installed in the area will by 552.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority project co-ordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith said although not endangered, the turquoise parrot was a threatened woodland bird species due to habitat loss.

‘‘Turquoise parrots need deep, hollow branches to nest in, and adding to the complication of finding suitable habitat they only nest in elevated areas, such as the Warby Ranges, Chesney Hills and Killawarra region,’’ Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.

‘‘They are seed eaters, so also rely on rainfall that stimulates the production of grass and small flowers, so they’re a helpful — as well as a beautiful — bird.’’

A majority of the nest boxes have been placed on private land in areas where the bird is known to live and breed.

‘‘When we install nest boxes on private land, we know that people quickly become an advocate, so the nest box will be looked after into the future,’’ Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.

The Nest Boxes for Neo project will also be supported by a series of community workshops and field days.

■To find out more about the project, email Janice Mentiplay-Smith at janicem@gbcma.vic.gov.au or phone 5764 7506.