add angle-downbadge calendarcard check clockemail exclamation-circleexternal-link-squareexternal-linkfacebook-squarefacebook fighting-extinction gift instagram-squareinstagram linkedin lock logo-healesville-inverse logo-melbourne-inverse logo-werribee-inverse logo-zv-icons logo-zv-inverse logo-zv mime-pdf phone pinterest remove tick timestwitter-squaretwitter vic-gov youtube
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 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

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 priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 21 priority threatened native species.

Orange bellied Parrot release

Mainland Orange-bellied Parrots release

In an incredible step for the conservation of the Orange-bellied Parrot the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning together with partners Birdlife Australia, Melbourne Water, Moonlit Sanctuary, Parks Victoria, the Tasmanian Government and Zoos Victoria came together last week to deli

2 May 2017
Orange-bellied Parrot bumper breeding season YouTube video

Bumper breeding season at Healesville Sanctuary

Over 40 Orange-bellied Parrots have hatched at Healesville Sanctuary making it one of the most successful breeding seasons yet. 

19 January 2017
  • Each year, Orange-bellied Parrots fly from Tasmania to the mainland and back again.