Australia’s Gift of Conservation to Britain’s King Charles III

On behalf of the people of Australia, the Australian Government has announced a national contribution of A$10,000 to the charity Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, in honour of The King’s Coronation.

The contribution will go towards the conservation of the Western Ground Parrot. Known as Kyloring by the Noongar people, it is critically endangered and is one of the rarest parrots in the world with a population estimated at less than 150 birds. 

It is found in the remote Cape Arid National Park and Nuytsland Nature Reserve to the east of Esperance, Western Australia.

In recent years, bushfires have impacted their known habitat which has threatened the last wild population. It is a medium-sized green parrot that is shy and rarely seen, as they spend most of their time on the ground in low dense heathland.

This gift keeps with an emerging tradition of Australia marking significant royal occasions with support to the conservation of Australian native fauna.

Past contributions have gone towards the conservation of the Bilby, Mountain Pygmy Possum, Numbat and Koala.

Friends of the Western Ground Parrot Inc. is a registered charity supporting the conservation of this rare Australian parrot. They raise funds for recovery projects, including translocation to create a secure second population in the wild and monitoring of the last natural wild population.

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