Australian endangered species: Orange-bellied Parrot

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Subject: Australian endangered species: Orange-bellied Parrot
From: colin trainor <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:33:39 +0930
Nice article by Stephen Garnett re: OB Parrot on "The Conversation"

First bits...

"If you had to ask an average Australian the name of a threatened bird
 in this country, many would nominate the Orange-bellied Parrot. 
Critically endangered, and with fewer than 50 left in the wild, it is 
justifiably one of Australia’s most well-known endangered species.

Poor little creature. Every year the last birds remaining in the wild
 leave their breeding grounds at Melaleuca in the remote south-west 
wilderness of Tasmania to fly to the saltmarshes along the coastline of 
Victoria and South Australia. And each year hundreds of volunteers go 
out to count the birds and see how they are faring.

Yet somehow the poor Orange-bellied Parrot is always getting into trouble."


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