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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