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

Night Parrot

Australia's Most Elusive Bird

Paperback Published: 1st September 2018
ISBN: 9781486302987
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

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"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

ISBN: 9781486302987
ISBN-10: 148630298X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 2018
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.91

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