RFI Night Parrot

To: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Subject: RFI Night Parrot
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 09:28:00 +1100
Hi all,

I had this exact discussion with a Ground Parrot researcher last year and he
is of the opinion that Night Parrot is at best crepuscular (active at dawn
and dusk) and at worst outright diurnal (active during the day).  We're
talking about a cryptic species, thinly spread across a large remote area.
Apparently Ground Parrot used to be considered nocturnal, because of the
times that it was observed calling, and it wasn't until detailed field
research was undertaken that the truth came out.  I have to say he convinced
me of the possibility.


On 2/19/07, Simon Mustoe <> wrote:

***Night parrots are considered nocturnal because, i) hardly anyone ever
walks through their habitat during the day; and ii) because most sightings
are made when the animals are 'on the move' (rather like roos) in the
evening, travelling to and from watering holes like other similar-sized
parrots e.g. Bourke's parrot. Night parrot is not nocturnal at all. This
assumption derives entirely from sampling bias.


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