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Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster)

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OUR CONSERVATION STATUS
  • National: Critically Endangered
  • State: Critically Endangered (NSW), Endangered (SA, TAS), Threatened (VIC)
HOW MANY OF US ARE THERE?

< 150 individuals

DID YOU KNOW?

On the brink of extinction the Orange-bellied Parrot has been ranked as one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. The Orange-bellied Parrot is approximately 200 mm long, a little larger than a budgerigar. Its plumage is bright grass-green above and mostly yellow below with a bright orange patch in the centre of the lower belly. It has a bright azure blue patch on the outer wing and a blue bar across the forehead above the nostrils.

OUR HABITAT

The Orange-bellied Parrot breeds only in coastal south-west Tasmania and spends the winter in coastal Victoria and South Australia. In Tasmania it occurs in buttongrass moorland interspersed with patches of forest or tea tree scrub. The Orange-bellied Parrot feeds almost exclusively on seeds and fruits, mainly of sedges, and salt-tolerant coastal and salt marsh plants.

FAMILY LIFE

Orange-bellied Parrots nests high in the hollows of mature eucalypt trees that grow adjacent to its feeding plains. Two to six eggs are laid in early November and mid-December. The average lifespan of Orange-bellied Parrots is just over two years.

Only the female incubates the eggs that hatch after 21 days. After hatching, the female remains in the nest for 10 days, attended by the male. After 10 days the female stops brooding during the day and both the male and the female feed the young. Most of the young are fledged at four to five weeks old in late January to mid-February and leave the breeding area from mid-March.

THREATS TO OUR SURVIVAL
  • Habitat loss and fragmentation due to drainage of wetlands for grazing
  • Alteration and destruction of saltmarsh for industrial and urban development
  • Vegetation clearance for agricultural purposes

Orange-bellied Parrots love & need:

Eucalypts

Eucalypts come in a great range of shapes and sizes – from tall trees to small shrubs. Eucalypts are a dominant part of the Australian flora. Eucalypts range across Australia – the only landscape they are completely absent from is the high alpine areas, though they are scarce in rainforests and in the arid interior of the continent, except where they find refuge along streams and in isolated ranges. READ MORE

Acacia

Acacias in Australia probably evolved their fire resistance about 20 million years ago when fossilised charcoal deposits show a large increase, indicating that fire was a factor even then. With no major mountain ranges or rivers to prevent their spread, the wattles began to spread all over the continent as it dried and fires became more common. READ MORE

Leptospermum

Tea Tree leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, sharp-tipped, and small, in most species not over 1cm long. The flowers are up to 3cm diameter. White is the predominant flower colour, but there are a few species which produce pink or red flowers. The characteristic five petalled flowers have a dainty appearance and are produced in profusion. They attract many bees and butterflies. READ MORE