10 Amazing Facts about Orange-bellied Parrots

Orange-bellied Parrots are colorful birds. These 10 facts will make you want to encounter these parrots in real life! The Orange-bellied Parrot has super cool color combinations. They are a rare bird that feeds on the ground. They love to sing and be heard.

10 Amazing Facts about Orange-bellied Parrots

1. Orange-bellied Parrots have unique colorful feathers!

The Orange-bellied Parrot is mainly bright green with a yellow belly. They have light blue wings with violet tips. These birds also have various red, green, and yellow patches on their belly. They also have a small blue line that connects their eyes. Juveniles have duller colors and females have a slightly different combination.

2. The Orange-bellied Parrot lives in Tasmania.

Orange-bellied Parrots live on the coast of southwest Tasmania. They can also sometimes be found on the southeast side of Australia!

3. Orange-bellied Parrots have creek or lagoon habitats.

During their breeding season, these birds can be found within 50 meters of a swamp or lagoon. During the winter they may live near a salt marsh or sand dunes. They occasionally may also be found on golf courses or in pastures.

4. The Orange-bellied Parrot is a migrating bird.

Once the breeding season is over, Orange-bellied Parrots migrate north during the months of March and April. They may stop in a neighboring area until June. Most of these parrots live in southeast Australia from March to October.

5. Orange-bellied Parrots love to eat plants!

During the summer, Orange-bellied Parrots eat seeds, berries, and decaying kelp. Then in the winter, they eat seeds from the salt marsh that they live by and weeds from pastures.

6. The Orange-bellied Parrot has a two-month breeding period.

Orange-bellied Parrots breed during the months of November and December. However, this is about an average breeding period.

7. Orange-bellied Parrots make their nests in trees!

These birds build their nests in the hollowed parts of trees about 8-25 meters high. However, they nest in live trees, unlike other birds that nest in dead and decaying trees.

8. The Orange-bellied Parrot incubates their eggs!

Orange-bellied Parrots lay between three and six eggs. In captivity, they incubate their eggs for around 21 days and their nesting period lasts 5 weeks.

9. Orange-bellied Parrots make lots of noise.

These birds usually chatter while they are perched in a tree and while flying. They may occasionally let out a few short high-pitched screeching notes.

10. The Orange-bellied Parrot is critically endangered.

The Orange-bellied Parrot population was 170 during the 1990s. Then in 2010, there were only 50 birds left. After 2010 there has been a 12% decrease each year. However, there is a captive population still that is significantly larger than the wild population. They were labeled as “critically endangered” in 2000.


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