The Orange-bellied Parrot male has bright green head, back and wings, with yellowish-green on throat and breast. The underside is yellow with bright orange patch. There is a blue band between the eyes, and bright blue on bend of the wing. The female is duller, with less blue and has a smaller orange belly patch.
Saltmarshes, coastal heathlands, low scrublands, coastal grassland. Found in coastal and sub-coastal areas, including islands
seeds, fruits, flowers
nests in tree-hollows. Lays 3-6 eggs.
breeds only in Tasmania, with most of the population migrating to coastal Victoria and South Australia in the winter
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the Orange-bellied Parrot was once fairly abundant within its range, but it is now one of the rarest of Australian birds. Studies of the population suggest that fewer than 200 birds exist.
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "critically endangered".
|Common Name:||Orange-bellied Parrot|
Relatives in same Genus
Blue-winged Parrot (N. chrysostoma)
Elegant Parrot (N. elegans)
Rock Parrot (N. petrophila)
Turquoise Parrot (N. pulchella)
Scarlet-chested Parrot (N. splendida)