The Super-fast Parrot

November 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    10th November 2022
  • ISBN 9781486315918
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.84" x 9.84"
  • Images color illus

A captivating story of the remarkable, but critically endangered, swift parrot – one of the fastest parrots in the world!

Swifty grows from a hatchling to a fledgling in the blue-gum forests of Tasmania. She is then ready to make a challenging migration, following the blossom trail across Bass Strait to mainland south-eastern Australia.

Swifty faces many threats and dangers, but she must return home. Will she make it?

Fly with Swifty in this beautifully illustrated story, and learn how to spot a swift parrot and help protect them.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6 to 9.


  • Captivating story of one of the world’s fastest parrots, the critically endangered swift parrot.
  • Astred Hick’s illustrations beautifully capture the swift parrot's challenging migration journey from Tasmania to mainland Australia following the blossom trail.
  • Provides facts about the swift parrot, including tips for kids on how to spot one in their backyard, and how to help protect them.

Stephanie Owen Reeder

Dr. Stephanie Owen Reeder is the author of historical novels and picture books for children, including Swifty: The Super-fast Parrot. She has won the NSW Premier’s History Award and the CBCA Book of the Year Award for information books. She currently resides in Rivett, ACT.

Astred Hicks

Astred Hicks is an award-winning book designer, illustrator, and author. Her illustrations have appeared in books shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and highly commended in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Astred was also the illustrator of A Hollow Is a Home and Ocean Animals.

picture book; swift parrot; bird migration; endangered species; birds