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 fewer than 50 Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild. The carefully managed population of captive parrots is now spread among ten captive facilities (including Healesville Sanctuary) and numbers over 340 individuals. With a recent outbreak of Beak and Feather disease at Melaleuca in southwest Tasmania– the only place where the parrot breeds – this captive insurance population is critical while plans to combat the disease are developed.
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- Each year, Orange-bellied Parrots fly from Tasmania to the mainland and back again.
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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.
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