Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, 2018. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs and illustrations.
Known for being Australia's most mysterious and enigmatic bird, the Night parrot has been luring its seekers into Australia's vast, arid outback for over a century. Less than 30 specimens were collected before it all but disappeared, and for a hundred years, only fleeting glimpses and the occasional mummified body acted as proof of its continued existence. Protected by spinifex and darkness, the parrot attained almost mythical status: the challenge of a lifetime to birdwatchers and an inspiration to poets, novelists and artists.
This new book, the latest by eminent ornithologist and author Penny Olsen, documents the competitiveness and controversy, the triumphs and adventures of the history of the Night parrot and its followers, culminating in the recent discovery of live birds at a few widely scattered and highly confidential locations. It explores 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.
Price: $50.00 AU