One of Australia’s Most Threatened Species
Orange-bellied parrots (OBPs) are one of only three migratory parrots in the world. They breed in south-west Tasmania during spring and summer, then migrate to the southeast coast of mainland Australia where they spend the autumn and winter in Victoria and South Australia. The species is classified as Critically Endangered.
At the start of the 2017/18 breeding season, the wild population numbered less than 20 adults. In the last two years however the number of OBPs returning to Tasmania has increased, and there is new optimism for their future. At the start of the 2021/22 breeding season, the returning population reached 70 individuals, and at the end of the breeding season the Tasmanian Orange-bellied Parrot Program expected a total of 140 OBPs to migrate to the mainland.