Orange-bellied Parrots fly into the wild

As we mark World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday 8 May, DELWP is helping the critically endangered species to recover.

A bid to help boost the population of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot continues, with dozens of captive-bred birds released into the wild at 3 Victorian sites recently.  

DELWP, Zoos Victoria, Moonlit Sanctuary and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority are delivering the project, which is now in its 5th year.

In April, 36 Orange-bellied Parrots were released into ideal coastal habitats to attract wild Orange-bellied Parrots and help them find food and shelter.

Five Orange-bellied Parrots huddle together perched before a water dish as they are released from an enclosure for their first taste of life in the wild..

In the past four years, the Orange-bellied Parrot population has reached a 10-year high.

Previously, the birds were at imminent risk of becoming extinct in the wild.

Projects like this are vitally important to ensure the survival of the species, which remains critically endangered.

The release came just before World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday 8 May.

Every year the Orange-bellied Parrot makes a round trip between Tasmania and mainland Australia across Bass Strait.

It’s a big journey for the tiny birds, which weigh about 45 grams.

Three members of the team involved in the release of the Orange-bellied Parrots stand in front of an enclosure used to carry the parrots.


Reviewed 09 May 2021

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