Night Parrot: Australia's Most Elusive Bird (AU Edition)

October 31, 2020
Night Parrot: Australia's Most Elusive Bird (AU Edition)

For well over a century, the Night Parrot lured its seekers intoAustralia's vast, arid outback. From the beginning it was amysterious bird. Fewer than 30 specimens were collected before itall but disappeared, offering only fleeting glimpses and theoccasional mummified body as proof of its continued existence.Protected by spinifex and darkness, the parrot attained almostmythical status: a challenge to birdwatchers and an inspiration topoets, novelists and artists.Night Parrot documents the competitiveness and secrecy,the triumphs and adventures of the history of the bird and itsfollowers, culminating in the recent discovery of live birds at afew widely scattered locations. It describes what we are nowunravelling about the mysteries of its biology and ecology and whatis still left to learn. Complemented by guest essays, illustrationsand photographs from a wide variety of sources, this book shedslight on Australia's most elusive bird.