As far as I know, off the top of my head, but I am not an expert, there have
been a desiccated carcase and few feathers found, a few suspected sightings,
as in something seen at night that could have been it. I hope you are aware
that these birds live (if they still do) in difficult and remote places. A
tour to see them is not something to be taken lightly. I would not like an
obsession to see the highly unlikely to rob you of the chance to encounter
with a high probability, so many other things that are just as worthwhile;
and not just parrots. The Crimson and Eastern Rosellas and Galah &
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo are common residents in my garden (and throughout
most of eastern Australia) but if they were rare, they would be vastly more
appreciated and sought after. There are also plenty enough rare parrots too,
widely distributed in Australia that could benefit from logistically
feasible short term studies. I predict that you will not encounter all (or
even most) of them in one month either, especially if you spend most of the
month in central Australia. If you are seeking the Night Parrot because you
have a legitimate research interest and want to find it for specific
information or conservation purposes, then good luck to you. If you are
motivated to see it just because it is rare, then my humble opinion is that
it is hardly a worthy cause. Sorry if that seems unfriendly.
From: Peter Them <>
To: Birding Australia <>
Date: Monday, 31 August 1998 2:56
Subject: NIGHT PARROT INFORMATION WANTED
> WANTED INFORMATION
> NIGHT PARROT
> ( Pezoporus occidentalis )
>Dear AUSTRALIAN BIRDERS ,
>I have the pleasure to advice you, that thanks to the great
>and brilliant support and suggestions, ideas and informa-
>tions from several very helpful and friendly australian birders,
>ornithologists and aviculturists - who all I, of course, directly
>will keep inform with the development - the preparation are
>going ahead for my forthcoming parrot study tour to your
>great country, " Land of Parrots " :
> " PARROT WATCHING IN AUSTRALIA "
> September 1999.
>which I believe will be the final European Parrot Watching
>Tour in Australian of this century.
>According to my preparation I still need the information
>about where and how to find the Night Parrot ( Pezoporus
>occidentalis ), which is Australia's rarest bird.
>I know the Night Parrot is last seen alive 80 years ago -
>and there have been many reported sightings throughout
>But, as far as I know, no hard evidence so far.
>That is why I kindly ask for your help ... !
>And, of course, you must think I am crazy !
>" But I am glad, I am mad " ... !
>But some people win in the Lotto, so why I should I not be
>lucky one to win a sight of the Night Parrot in Australia ... !
>Therefore, if you any knowledge to Night Parrot sighting,
>and Night Parrot habitat, I would be very grateful if you
>could advice me .... !
>For your pleasant information, PARROT WATCHING IN
>AUSTRALIA, September 1999, is no ordinary tourist tour,
>but will be a tailor made study tour particular interest to
>the our team of adventurous parrot birders wanting to
>explore the flora and fauna - and especially unique birdlife -
>I know Australia is the home to an abundance of parrot
>species, and thoughout the ' Parrot Watching in Australia '
>trip I do hope to see as many parrot species as possible.
>And mayby the NIGHT PARROT .......!!!
>Peter H. Them
>Peter H. Them
>Emmerich Alle 4,
>DK - Denmark