BirdLife 2014 Splits and Lumps

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Subject: BirdLife 2014 Splits and Lumps
From: Glenn Ehmke <>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:48:56 +0000
The proposed change in taxonomic status of the Norfolk Island Parrot on the 
BirdLife International world list will bring it into line with global species 
classifications under the species approach used by BirdLife International. The 
change will have no effect on the conservation of this critically endangered 
endemic Australian bird.

In Australia species and subspecies are treated equally under all state and 
federal laws and the Action Plan for Australian Birds and BirdLife Australia 
(and indeed the nation as a whole) has a long tradition of fighting for every 
bird population, regardless of how it’s treated taxonomically.

The “Norfolk Island Green Parrot” (as it is known in Australia) has been listed 
as critically endangered in the Action Plan for Australian Birds in 1990, 2000 
and 2010 - in every instance as a subspecies and the Norfolk Island Green 
Parrot has had a dedicated recovery plan in place as a subspecies since 2002.
Hill, R. 2002. Recovery Plan for the Norfolk Island Green Parrot Cyanoramphus 
novaezelandiae cookii. Environment Australia, Canberra.
The current (2010) National recovery plan for Norfolk Island lists the Norfolk 
Island Green Parrot at species level, however the same National recovery plan 
also lists several other threatened subspecies (such as the Western Kermadec 
Petrel - Pterodroma neglecta neglecta) alongside species. This is commonplace 
in Australian conservation and recovery efforts. 

BirdLife Australia is confident that conservation efforts for the Norfolk 
Island Green Parrot will continue regardless of how many times its taxonomic 
status changes. We are unequivocally committed to the conservation of every 
threatened bird species and subspecies in Australia as our involvement in over 
a dozens of species and subspecies recovery programs (and in fact dozens of 
local conservation programs) over many decades attests.

Good luck to everyone striving to help save the Norfolk Island Green Parrot!
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