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Night Parrot Australia's Most Elusive Bird

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By: Penny Olsen(Author)
360 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: CSIRO
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For well over a century, the Night Parrot lured its seekers into Australia's vast, arid outback. From the beginning it was a mysterious bird. Fewer than 30 specimens were collected before it all but disappeared, offering only fleeting glimpses and the occasional mummified body as proof of its continued existence. Protected by spinifex and darkness, the parrot attained almost mythical status: a challenge to birdwatchers and an inspiration to poets, novelists and artists.

Night Parrot documents the competitiveness and secrecy, the triumphs and adventures of the history of the bird and its followers, culminating in the recent discovery of live birds at a few widely scattered locations. It describes what we are now unravelling about the mysteries of its biology and ecology and what is still left to learn. Complemented by guest essays, illustrations and photographs from a wide variety of sources, Night Parrot sheds light on Australia's most elusive bird.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The call of the Night Parrot
A tangled nest of Night Parrot names
Getting to know the family: the molecular story by Leo Joseph

South Australia
- The very first ‘beautiful ground parrakeet’: Charles Sturt, John McDouall Stuart and John Harris Browne
- Myrrlumbing: Frederick Andrews
- Hunters of the long-lost Night Parrot: Samuel Albert White and Ethel Rosina White
- Sclerolaena not spinifex: Shane Parker

Western Australia
- Spinifex Parrot: Robert Austin, Albert Calvert and George Keartland
- Mournful whistle: Martin Bourgoin
- A concerted effort: the CALM campaign
- The vanishing habitat of the Night Parrot in the Gascoyne and Murchison regions of Western Australia: lessons from historical records, land use and landscape processes by Peter Curry

Victoria
- Mallee Bird: Charles McLennan

New South Wales
- Have you ever seen a Night Parrot?: W. Kelly

Northern Territory
- Fly-by-night: George Keartland, Lawson Whitlock & Co.
- A frame-up: Sidney William Jackson

Queensland
- Bodies beside the road and a bird in the hand: Boles, Cupitt, Young & Co.
- ‘They say if enough are found’: Steve Murphy and John Young
- Not the final chapter

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Biography

Penny Olsen AM is an Honorary Professor in the Division of Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, The Australian National University. During her career as a research scientist she increasingly turned her hand to writing about Australian wildlife, its history, researchers and illustrators. She is the author of nearly 30 books and 120 research papers.

New
By: Penny Olsen(Author)
360 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: CSIRO
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