Princess Parrot 2010 records

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Subject: Princess Parrot 2010 records
From: Jon King <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:34:04 -0700 (PDT)
As some subscribers to this listserve will know, in collaboration with Birds 
Australia, and with the cooperation of DEC, DEH, and many other organisations 
and individuals, last year I developed and now manage a database of all known 
records of Princess Parrot, dating back to 1862. This is a significant 
conservation research tool for this scarce and very poorly known species, which 
some analyses suggest has declined historically, and which may qualify for 
Endangered status.
Given the great series of records from 2008 and 2009, I know that there are 
multiple trips planned to the Jupiter Well area and to Neale Junction Nature 
Reserve this winter, but I am sure that there are many others I have not heard 
about. In addition there are hopefully some Canning Stock Route trips planned 
as well, even though myself and several others found no parrots along there in 
2009. Princess Parrots could always show up anywhere within their historic 
range, and the Old Gunbarrel Highway, Sandy Blight Junction Road, and anywhere 
along the Anne Beadell Highway are all excellent localities, among others.
In order to keep the database as comprehensive and therefore as useful as 
possible, please send any observations of this species for 2010 either to me 
(jon AT and/or Andrew Silcocks (a.silcocks AT If possible please do this whether you also post the 
sightings to Birding Aus or not. Failure to find birds in areas of known prior 
occurrence is also significant, so please let us know about your unsuccessful 
trips too!
Please forward this request to any organisation or individual for which it may 
be appropriate, and feel free to contact me with any questions or requests for 
further information.
Many thanks indeed for your assistance.
Jon King

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