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).
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- Each year, Orange-bellied Parrots fly from Tasmania to the mainland and back again.