Orange-Bellied Parrots Spotted
During a national survey, three of Australia’s – and, in fact, the world’s – rarest parrots were spotted on the Bellarine Peninsula in the south-eastern state of Victoria. Less than 50 orange-bellied parrots are estimated to remain in Australia, and a survey conducted throughout the country last weekend uncovered three sightings of the birds on an island in Swan Bay, off Queenscliff. The Australian Department of Sustainability and Environment has expressed its pleasure at finding these parrots. According to Rachel Pritchard, of the department, "The birds that were spotted have been provided with special supplementary food to help them through the winter. We hope this will help them make it back to Tasmania for a good breeding season in the summer ahead." Orange-bellied parrots are in danger of extinction because of their unwillingness to breed and migrate.