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.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Night parrot conservation reserve created in Queensland for endangered and elusive bird

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See the search for the elusive night parrot, which was rediscovered in Queensland two years ago with conservationists likening the moment to finding the holy grail

A secretive 56,000-hectare conservation reserve has been established in Queensland in an effort to protect a tiny population of endangered night parrots.

Two years ago, the elusive night parrot was rediscovered after being thought lost for more than 75 years. It was big news in the bird world.

The editor of Birdlife Magazine Sean Dooley summed it up as: "The bird watching equivalent of finding Elvis flipping burgers in an outback roadhouse".

South Australian Museum collection manager Dr Philippa Horton called the find: "One of the holy grails, one of the world's rarest species probably".

After a long search, naturalist John Young found the bird and some feathers on a property west of the town of Longreach in July 2013.

He revealed his photographs and evidence to the world, but not the location.

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