Healesville Sanctuary

Orange-bellied Parrot

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 50 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).

Plans and publications

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 Download a comprehensive overview of what Zoos Victoria is doing to save the Orange-bellied Parrot (419 KB)

DPIW (2006) National Recovery Plan for the Orange-bellied Parrot.  Department of Primary Industries and Water, Hobart.

DSEWPC (2010). Neophema chrysogaster in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra

Meet the animals

Orange-bellied Parrot

Fearless Flier for the Extinction Fighters

Found: coastal habitats

He is a serious long-distance flier. Like the old, brave pilots of another age, this little parrot won't shy away from a battle.

Meet all 20 priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 20 priority threatened native species.

News
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We’ve had another massive year fighting wildlife extinction. In particular we’ve been taking care of this little guy, the Orange-bellied Parrot.
Merry Christmas from all the team at Zoos Victoria!

16 December 2013
Love Your Locals tram launch image 1

Victoria's most endangered take to the streets

A City Circle tram has been dressed up to feature Zoos Victoria’s 20 priority native threatened species.

24 October 2012
Did you know?
  • Each year, Orange-bellied Parrots fly from Tasmania to the mainland and back again.