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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.

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

N. chrysogaster
Critically Endangered
Found in 
Breeding sites in south-west Tasmania over summer and the southern Victorian coast over winter
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