Success for the green parrot fostering program


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The male green parrot feeding his new foster chicks The male green parrot feeds his new foster chicks

Two trials of green parrot fostering have been very succesful in Norfolk Island National Park.

Last year we found a nest of five chicks with two very small females failing to thrive because their older and much bigger brothers were getting most of the food. We decided to try a fostering program, and moved the two larger males to another active nest site – where they would be cared for by another pair of green parrots.

The male at the new site quickly adopted the two chicks, and all the chicks in the nest fledged successfully. And it gave the female chicks in the original nest a much greater chance of survival.

Ranger Joel Christian and Dr. Luis Ortiz-Catedral weighing and measuring a chick before it goes into foster care Ranger Joel Christian and Dr. Luis Ortiz-Catedral weigh and measure a chick before it goes into foster care

With that success under our belts the decision to trial fostering again…

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