Orange-Bellied Parrots on Verge of Extinction
Birdwatchers are worried that the rare orange-bellied parrot, native to Tasmania in Australia, is perilously close to extinction. These parrots were once common in the southern hemisphere winter but now number only around 160 – and those have been born in captivity. The orange-bellied parrot is only just bigger than a budgie. The parrots are likely to continue declining in the wild because of the degradation of their natural habitat in wetlands and saltmarsh along the southern coast of Australia and the island of Tasmania.