Australian Orange-bellied Parrot Species Nears Extinction

Posted on February 15, 2012

The population of Australia's Orange-bellied Parrot is dwindling. There are just 21 of the parrots left in the wild. Eight of them are females. An article about the parrots - published by Parrot Society of Australia when there were 100 to 200 of the birds - says a problem the bird faces is it has to "face the arduous Bass Strait crossing" and the juvenile are not usually aided by adults who migrate independently. Some critics say the Australian government is spending too much money trying to save the parrots. Take a look:

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