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, 18 April 2016

Secret reserve for rare Qld parrot

April 16, 2016 8:27pm

Secret reserve for rare Qld parrot

An elusive outback parrot barely seen for a century will now have a secret reserve dedicated to its survival.

The low-flying night parrot was thought extinct, virtually disappearing in the 1900s with only fleeting sightings in the past three decades.

That was until a chance photo resulted in the capture of the nocturnal bird in April last year.

This week, government approval for a 56,000 hectare sanctuary in southwestern Queensland was granted to Bush Heritage Australia to safeguard the rare bird.

It will be fitted with a handful of surveillance cameras to deter poachers, as well as traps to keep feral animals at bay.

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