As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 28 March 2014

RARE BIRD SPECIES: Naturalist keeps rare bird location a secret

By Chrissy Arthur

A Queensland naturalist says work is continuing in the state's outback to find out more about one of the world's rarest birds.

John Young last year revealed he had captured images of a pair of night parrots on a private property in western Queensland.

Mr Young says he is working with ecologist Dr Steve Murphy but so far camera traps and recording equipment have failed to find evidence of birds in any other location.

He says it would be too risky to reveal details of the site.

"The most important thing that Steve and I are trying to do at the moment is to try and work out a detection method and learn enough about this bird to be able to go into another place, to be able to pull a habitat up on satellite and say that looks similar, and to be able to go there and detect another pair [of birds]," he said.

"Now that is what this whole research is about.

"We are playing with one of the rarest birds on the planet, there is no question about that."

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