Rare Parrots Found In Australia
Birdwatchers in Australia have had a very lucky summer.
This winter they have found eight of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrots on the mainland, including two in South Australia.
SA survey co-ordinator Bob Green says this is an incredible strike rate.
"There are less than 50 in the wild, so to find eight in a survey is an extraordinary effort," he said.
"It's like looking for a needle in a haystack."
In 2006, concerns for the rare orange-bellied parrot blocked development of the Bald Hills Wind Farm project in Gippsland but the project was eventually given the go-ahead by then federal environment minister Ian Campbell.
The winter counts are held each year in coastal areas of South Australia, Victoria and King Island. The two parrots in SA were on private land on the northern shore of Lake Alexandrina, mixed in with flocks of the closely related elegant parrot.
"These are the first orange-bellied parrots sighted in SA since April, when two birds were found at Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park," Mr Green said.