Success continues for Tas OBP Recovery Program


​Seventy Orange-bellied Parrots have returned to Melaleuca for the breeding season, an increase from last year’s record of 51 birds.

Two successive good years of migration home to Melaleuca for the breeding season is an encouraging sign of recovery for the Orange-bellied Parrot population.

Just five years ago, the wild Orange-bellied Parrot adult population size was 17 birds, with only four females. Now we have the highest number of birds in the Melaleuca wild population in at least 15 years, and are hopeful for the breeding season.

The sustained effort by the staff and volunteers of the Department’s Orange-Bellied Parrot Recovery Team is essential for preventing extinction in the wild.

Read the update on this year's OBP Census for more information.