Orange-bellied Parrot at Healesville Sanctuary

Subject: Orange-bellied Parrot at Healesville Sanctuary
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 20:33:35 +1000
On Monday I visited Healesville Sanctuary. A pair of Orange-bellied Parrots live in an aviary labelled 'Endangered Species', but I was very concerned to see that the female was minus most of her breast feathers, so that she looked quite pink down the front. A FOTZ volunteer guide told me that this was a stress response to the presence of two pairs of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in the same aviary. The Lorikeets are larger and apparently bully the OBPs. This is no weather for any bird to be without much of its body feathers. It seems very poor management and lack of proper care for an endangered species.

Anthea Fleming

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