The Orange-bellied Parrot is Australia’s most endangered bird and one of the rarest creatures on the planet. In the late 2000s it fell to fewer than 50 in the wild.
Orange-bellied Parrots are unusual, migratory parrots that spend summer breeding in Tasmania before flying to mainland Australia and wintering in Victoria and South Australia.
In the summer of 2013/14, 24 captive-bred birds were released to the wild and 36 chicks fledged. The population increased to around 70.
By November, 2014, only 34 birds had returned to the summer breeding grounds. More captive-bred birds were released (27), taking the total to 61. It remains to be seen how many chicks fledge in season 2014/15. Early signs are good!
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