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Night Parrot : Australia's Most Elusive Bird - Penny Olsen

Night Parrot

Australia's Most Elusive Bird

By: Penny Olsen

Paperback | 1 September 2018

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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 mystery 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, this book sheds light on Australia’s most elusive bird.

About the Author

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.
Industry Reviews

"This is an intriguing and absorbing book... Penny Olsen has made an excellent job of tying together all the threads, human, psittacine, topographical and historical into a readable, well-referenced book with some excellent but tantalising photographs." - Kent Ornithological Society Newsletter

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