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More good news for an endangered parrot

A supplied image obtained on Friday, May 1, 2020, of a f rare orange-bellied parrot. More than 100 birds have begun their annual journey from the southwest Tasmanian wilderness to mainland coastal scrubland for the winter.. (AAP Image/Supplied by Department of Primary Industries.) NO ARCHIVING

A rare orange-bellied parrot (AAP Image/Supplied by Department of Primary Industries)

New numbers show a critically endangered migratory parrot is continuing to breed in Tasmania in record numbers.

According to state government figures, 51 birds survived the over-winter migration to return for the breeding season, which is the highest population size in over a decade and 31 captive-bred birds were released in Spring to further increase the size of the potential breeding population.

There are 544 adult birds in captivity across Tasmania's breeding programs. This includes 254 adults and 130 nestlings and fledglings currently housed at the Five Mile Beach facility, which opened in 2019.

In a further boost, 137 eggs were laid at Melaleuca this season, resulting in 88 confirmed nestlings, the most since monitoring began in the 1990s.

305 eggs were laid at the Five Mile Beach captive breeding facility, resulting in 29 nestlings and 101 fledgings so far, with a second round of breeding underway.

50 juveniles will be released to increase the size of the flock migrating north from Melaleuca this breeding season, with up to 200 birds predicted to make up the group, which is another recent record.