Orange-bellied parrot breeding program to be trialled at Adelaide Zoo


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One of Australia's most endangered native bird species could soon receive a boost thanks to a new breeding program being trialled at the Adelaide Zoo.

There are only a few dozen orange-bellied parrots left in the wild, with about 350 currently in captivity across the country.

The Zoos SA trial will use newly installed enclosure lighting to try to bring on early mating, creating a greater chance of more eggs being laid throughout the year.

Lights will be switched on for two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset each day, mimicking summer daylight hours.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-07/adelaide-zoo-to-help-save-endangered-orange-bellied-parrots/8881522