Orange-bellied parrot - Neophema chrysogaster

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Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) permit is open until 17 January 2023

Applicant: NRE Tasmania and Zoos Victoria

Species/Taxon: Orange-bellied Parrot

Location: King Island (State Reserve or Conservation Area or Private Freehold), Woolnorth (Commonwealth or Private Freehold), Eagle Rock (Private Freehold), 
Strahan (Local Government or Crown Land), Melaleuca (National Park).

Title of research: Investigating migratory movements and over-winter habitat use in the Orange-bellied Parrot

Aim of project: Trial the use of fixed-receiver stations, as well as aircraft surveys, to assess the potential of these approaches for investigating Orange-bellied Parrot migratory movements and habitat use outside the breeding season.

Justification:  A major obstacle to improving the survival of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) is the lack of information about where birds go, what migratory pathway(s) they use to get there, and when and where most mortality occurs outside the breeding season. 

This study will trial an innovative tracking approach to investigate the migratory movements and habitat use of the OBP outside of the breeding season. It will build on our limited knowledge of OBP migratory pathways, stop-over locations, and over-winter habitat use, which will enable us to better protect important habitat, identify and manage threats, and improve the prospects of recovery for this species. The project is supported by the OBP Recovery Program.
 
Working with threatened species (OBP) is necessary as this project aims to understand species-specific migration patterns and habitat use. The use of reserved land at some locations is necessary to allow receiver stations to be within range of likely OBP migration routes along Tasmania’s west coast. 

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: A maximum of 20 captive-bred OBPs (less than half of the release cohort) will be tagged in each of the three study years. 

Activities undertaken and methods: Deployment of five fixed-receiver stations (which consist of an aluminium pole with two small antennae) along Tasmania’s west coast (3 stations), as well as King Island and Melaleuca in early 2023. Temporary attachment of transmitters to a maximum of 20 captive-bred OBPs in each year, prior to their release at Melaleuca. Subsequent detection of tagged birds using fixed-receiver stations and light aircraft. These transmitters and receiver stations have been successfully used for local monitoring of OBPs for several years in Victoria.

Fate of animals: The captive-bred OBPs used in this project will continue to live in the wild as part of the annual release cohort. Transmitters will be attached to tail feathers and will fall off during natural moult, i.e., recapture is not required.

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch): There is no impact on wild OBPs and no by-catch as only captive-bred OBPs will be used. 



Contact

Scientific Research Permits
Environment Division
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Email: Scientific.Permits@nre.tas.gov.au