The Orange Bellied Parrot or Neophema chrysogaster is one of Australia’s most endangered species, with only approximately 30 remaining in the wild. The little grass parrot, although never in abundant numbers, lives a truly amazing life. Every winter it escapes the cold of home in Melaleuca, Tasmania and makes the journey flying over the sea of the Bass Straight to the mainland (map of habitat available in photos). With the added dangers of wild cats, foxes, birds of prey and continual habitat destruction this little bird is steadily declining in numbers. Captive Breeding commenced in the early 80’s and hasn’t been very successful, and although many birds were released back into the wild most were never seen again as they were released in a previous area known for the parrot to regain a second breeding colony in case of an event such as bushfire at Melaleuca. Currently there 205 birds in captivity and no birds were released as the wild population has remained around 30 and held for the past 3 years and The Recovery Team believe the captive bird numbers more important for breeding bigger numbers than risking losing them in the wild. Also the observed wild birds were half female half male, which was good news. They have had 19 young from 5 nests this season 2013 with 4 females nesting potentially elsewhere as there were 9 females seen around the feed table prior to breeding. Over the next year its is hoped better breeding techniques will improve the numbers allowing some positive release strategies in the future before its too late .