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Night Parrot: Australia's Most Elusive Bird

Night Parrot: Australia's Most Elusive Bird (Paperback)

By Olsen, Penny

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The competitiveness and secrecy, the triumphs and adventures of the history of the Night Parrot and its followers.

ISBN 9781486302987
Published 1 September 2018 by CSIRO Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781486302987
ISBN-10 148630298X
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Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Imprint CSIRO Publishing
Publication Date 1 September 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Olsen, Penny
Category Animal Behaviour
Animal Ecology
Birds (Ornithology)
Applied Ecology
Birds & Birdwatching
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 245mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Life Sciences: Zoology
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 598.710994
Catalogue Code 1001018

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Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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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Author's Bio

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.

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