Orange-bellied Parrot, Orange-bellied Parakeet
Neophema chrysogaster by Paula Wiegmink(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic on canvas | ID#3979)
Family: PSITTACIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Orange-bellied Parrot - [Neophema chrysogaster Psittacidae], breeds only in South West Tasmania. After breeding most of the population migrates across the Bass Strait on Southern mainland Australia. The Orange-bellied Parrot is just bigger than a Budgerigar, with males and females varying slightly in appearance. They are a small 'grass parrot' with an orange patch on the belly and they nest in the hollows of eucalypt trees. Now one of Australia's most threatened species, with less than 50 parrots thought to exist in the wild today. Threats to the species are habitat loss, predation by cats and foxes, collision with structures and inbreeding due to small numbers. Australia is home to a huge variety of very beautiful parrots. Most of them are very striking, boasting a variety of bright coloured plumage. Not only are they a delight to see in the wild but offer the artist an abundance of extremely appealing material! However the chances of seeing the Orange-bellied parrot is highly unlikely!
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