One of only three migratory parrot species in the world, the Orange-bellied Parrot, Neophema chrysogaster, migrates annually from Tasmania to south-eastern Australia every winter.
However, Orange-bellied Parrots are critically endangered and at risk of extinction in the next 3-5 years unless urgent action is taken.
Zoos Victoria plays a key role in the recovery of this species by maintaining a genetically viable captive population at Healesville Sanctuary. The captive population will provide insurance against the extinction of the Orange-bellied Parrot in the wild.
There are estimated to be less than 70 Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild. A further 160-170 birds are part of a captive breeding program at Healesville Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo and Taroona (Tasmania).
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- Each year, Orange-bellied Parrots fly from Tasmania to the mainland and back again.
You can help Fight
Together we can improve animal care, reduce threatening processes and save endangered species.
With less than 70 of these beautiful birds remaining in the wild, they are at risk of extinction within three to five years. You can help us fight extinction by adopting the Orange-bellied Parrot.
Your donation helps us fight extinction and care for our animals.
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