Orange-bellied Parrot Mainland Release Trail Update
The 2019 Orange-bellied Parrot Mainland Release is underway, following the release of around 20 of the critically endangered birds near Werribee and Avalon this week.
This four-year program led by DELWP and Zoos Victoria has already shown early signs of success, with flocks of up to 10 Orange-bellied Parrots sighted in Victoria for the first time in over a decade.
These migratory birds make a round journey of more than 1000 kilometres each year from a breeding site in south-west Tasmania to wintering areas along the Victorian and South Australian coast – navigating Bass Strait each trip.
The aim of the Mainland Release is to establish flocks of Orange-bellied Parrots in suitable habitats in Victoria, to act as a beacon to attract migrants into these sites. It’s hoped the benefits of flock life give the migrants a better chance of surviving the winter and returning to Tasmania for another breeding season.
DELWP and Zoos Victoria are currently leading the Orange-bellied Parrot Mainland Release Trial, with the support of BirdLife Australia, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Adelaide Zoo and the Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program.
This innovative project is designed to boost the wild population of the critically endangered species. For more detail on the release and how the birds are faring, and some great photos click here .
Details of Orange-bellied Parrot sightings around the Werribee and Avalon areas can be sent to OBP.Release@delwp.vic.gov.au
Image: an Orange-bellied Parrot by Andrew Silcocks.