Chasing Australia's most elusive bird
IAE Seminar Series
- Institute for Applied Ecology
- Environmental Science
- Faculty of Education, Maths, Technology and Science
The first museum specimen of the Night Parrot was collected in 1845, but lay unnoticed and unrecognised until well into the 20th century. Since then the parrot has continued to elude seekers, revealing itself only intermittently and often sparking tensions over the reliability of sightings. The recent discoveries of small populations in south-east Queensland and the heart of Western Australia have only heightened interest in the bird and the mysteries of its biology.