Early last century, flocks of over a thousand birds could be seen at a time through South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland. Today, fewer than 500 birds are found in the wild and flocks of 20 birds are rare. This is due to habitat loss.
Moonlit Sanctuary joined the captive management program that saw 40 birds released into the wild in 2013.
Moonlit Sanctuary has so far bred 5 birds. 4 have been returned to New South Wales for release with the next scheduled release.