the fox line

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Subject: the fox line
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 23:01:47 +0000
Hello John,

I was the one who mentioned the fox line and I'm surprised that nobody else has 
queried it, because in reality there isn't one officially.

However there are large areas of northern Australian where dingoes dominate and 
there are few, if any foxes. I suspect it will have to do with climate. Maybe 
foxes don't like it hot.

On the subject of foxes they may well be a worse enemy of the Night Parrot than 
cats. When quail hunting was the go many years ago, it is well documented that 
the dogs used to "point" the quail also used to react to Ground Parrots, so 
Ground Parrots have a scent and it seems likely that Night Parrots have also. I 
believe foxes do have a strong sense of smell and apart from land use, the 
presence of foxes in southern Australia could well account for the 
disappearance of Night Parrots here.

I seem to remember David Stewart telling me that the aborigines in Alice 
Springs saying that the Night Paarrots disappeared when foxes arrived.

There is also a strong case for the use of trained dogs to locate Night Parrots 
and I believe that's in the pipeline.


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