Orange-Bellied Parrots



Introduction

Orange-bellied Parrots live in Victoria and Tasmania and South Australia. They are one of the few migratory parrot species in the world. The Orange-bellied Parrot is critically endangered with fewer than 50 left in the wild! It is also Australia’s most threatened bird species.


Description

Orange-bellied Parrots are green with blue wings and a blue stripe across their foreheads. Its belly is orange like the name suggests and the tail is yellow. It’s 20cm long and 45-50g. They are very rare to find out in the wild because they're fewer than 50 left.



Source : Zoos.com.au


Diet

The Orange-bellied parrot is a herbivore which means it only eats plants they eat seeds, fruits and flowers. When they are in Tasmania they eat plants called glasswort, and other fruits. They eat the seeds off glasswort this is a crucial thing to their survival.


Habitat

The parrots, once their breeding season has ended, fly across the Bass Strait (the sea separating Tasmania to Australia). Then they settle in Victoria and South Australia near the sea.



Source: NASA.org


Major Threats

One of the main threats to this parrot is the recent outbreak of a deadly disease called Beak and Feather. Beak and Feather is a disease that affect the birds beak and feathers. It is a deadly disease and not many birds can recover. Another threat is habitat loss, logging and building homes. Lastly, there is noxious weeds that are poisonous and will kill the bird.


Facts

  1. In February 2017 the Orange-bellied Parrot numbers went down to only 17 left.

  2. These parrots have been fighting extinction since the 1970s.

  3. Zoos all around the world have been helping to fight extinction, Healesville sanctuary being one of them.

  4. There are about 320 Orange-bellied parrots in captivity.

  5. Its scientific name Neophema chrysogaster in greek means Golden Belly.


Source: Zoo.org.au


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