night parrot on brighton downs

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Subject: night parrot on brighton downs
From: Greg Roberts <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 00:09:48 +0000

         I reveal that the cattle property Brighton Downs is where John
Young discovered a Night Parrot population in 2103. However, the
property is very large and I have not published specific site details
for what is now known as the Pullen Pullen Reserve.

        Analysis of the last five records of this species shows the parrot
occurring over a 300km arc - from Boulia in the west to the
Winton-Jundah Road in the east -  in Queensland's channel country.
The Queensland Government's threatened species unit has decided that
the parrot's call recordings will not be distributed to allow others
to search for this enigmatic bird. These are same people who
suppressed Robert Cupitt's Night Parrot find in the nearby Diamantina
National Park in 2006.

        It's time for a little less secrecy and for recordings to be
distributed so that others can search for populations. It is a mistake
for all the Night Parrot eggs to be left in one basket. Those wishing
to search for this species could do worse than to look along the
Diamantina Road and the Winton-Jundah Road. Please note there is no
public access to Pullen Pullen or Brighton Downs.

        Other news includes the appointment of John Young by the Australian
Wildlife Conservancy, which is in dispute with Bush Heritage
Australia, the owners of Pullen Pullen, over plans by AWC to build a
predator-proof fence in Diamantina National Park.

        More here:


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