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Night Parrot  

Also Known As: Spinifex Parrot, Nocturnal Ground Parrot
 
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Did You Know?
The Night Parrot was presumed extinct until it was rediscovered in 1979, when four birds were seen in northern S Australia. It was then not seen again until 1990, then 2005.

Species Profile
Genus:
Pezoporus

Species:
occidentalis

Size: Adult Weight:
23cm (9 in) Not available

Races including nominate:
one

Colourization Adult: Both adults yellow/green in colour mottled with dark brown, black and yellow; yellow/green foreneck, breast and flanks with black and yellow barring; bright yellow abdomen and undertail coverts; pale yellow on flight feathers forming underwing stripe; dark brown tail barred with yellow. Bill grey/brown. Eye black.

Colourization Juvenile: Reported to be duller than adults with yellow on throat and neck.

Call: Calls are described as low, two-note whistle when alighting at water source at night; emits squeak when startled, and strange croaking note when alarmed.

Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results

 

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E152.htm&Pic=152_1.JPG

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1491&m=0

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.