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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 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).

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

Class 
Aves
Order 
Psittaciformes
Family 
Psittacidae
Genus 
Neophema
Species 
N. chrysogaster
Status 
Critically Endangered
Found in 
Breeding sites in south-west Tasmania over summer and the southern Victorian coast over winter

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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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