Saturday, September 25, 2004

Alert on Parrots

BIRD watchers on both sides of Bass Strait are waiting to see if six orange-bellied parrots raised in Victoria will fly to Tasmania to breed.

Bred at Healesville Sanctuary, the birds were released near Port Wilson, on Port Phillip Bay, early last month.

Among the world's rarest species, the migratory parrot spends winter in Victoria before heading to Tasmania's remote southwest to reproduce.

Experts want to find out if the parrots can re-establish at a site where they have rarely been seen in decades.

There are just an estimated 150 birds in the wild, and about 100 in captivity.

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