Night Parrot interview this morning

Subject: Night Parrot interview this morning
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 10:57:38 +1000
On Wed, Jul 03, 2013 at 08:46:36PM +1000, Robert Inglis wrote:
> I must have listened to a different interview with John Young this 
> morning..........
> Or perhaps I read something about playback of the call somewhere else.........
> Doesn’t anyone understand what John Young has been saying about how the 
> parrots reacted to the playback?

The radio interviews left me confused.  John Young mentioned recording
a call at 1.5km which would suggest a call louder than an Eastern Ground
Parrot but he also talks about calls being very quiet and once also loud.

He mentions calling in response to playing of a call and he mentions
birds approaching with apparently agonistic behaviour after playback -
suggesting a territorial response but he also suggested the reverse with
playing of call suppressing activity for several days.

It would be really interesting to know what calls were played - individual
recognition is possible and may affect response.

John Young suggested there were less than 200 Night Parrots left. There
is a vast area of possibly suitable habitat (depending on rainfall) so I
don't understand how any estimate can be offered. The birds photographed
might be the last or there might be 10000+ - unless you know something
that hugely reduces the potential habitat.

None of the above is criticism - you won't expect a radio interview
to provide this sort of precise info - may more was said at
the Qld museum?


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