Two love-struck green parrots are soon to be united when Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Garden releases its last captive green parrots into the wild.
The release marks the end of the green parrot captive breeding program, and opens the door to the courtship of 'Juliet', a captive female parrot, and 'Romeo', a wild male parrot.
For the past few years, Romeo has been regularly visiting Juliet and feeding and courting her through the aviary wire. But they have never been able to fly together.
The green parrot is an endangered species found only on Norfolk Island. In 1983, the numbers of green parrots had dwindled to fewer than 30, with only four known pairs of breeding birds. Today there are some 200 green parrots in the wild - a great conservation success story for an endangered species.