Orange-bellied Parrot

Neophema chrysogaster

The Orange-bellied Parrot, or OBP as it is often called, is the most threatened bird species in Australia and one of the most threatened parrot species in the world, with an estimated 50 individuals left in the wild. It is known to frequent the WTP during the colder months, where it feeds on the ground, mainly on the ground on the fruits, flowers and seeds of sedges in areas that have not been burned for over 3 years. The remainder of the year it spends in south-western Tas, where it breeds, before making the annual migration back to the mainland again the following winter. A captive-breeding program has been established in an attempt to prevent the species’ extinction in the wild, and the WTP is one of the key release points. Generally grassy green above, with a yellow chest, orange belly and a blue band above the eyes. It has a distinctive alert sound which resembles radio static.