Night Parrot Report

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Subject: Night Parrot Report
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 19:06:51 +1000
Hi all,

I have just received a report of a Night Parrot seen Skull Springs Road in 
Western Australia from Clive Curson at 21 52 15S 120 48 29E on 2/06/2010. Notes 
from Clive Curson are as follows:

I noticed the single bird fluttering next to the car, so stopped as soon as I 
could. It has perched a foot off the ground in a dead bush. I got my binoculars 
quickly only the bird, only 6-7m away. It then fluttered forward a meter or 2 
to the ground and hopped once or twice, in front of me but turning it's face to 
observe me. The emerald back flecked with dark markings, short tail and very 
stocky build caused me to immediately dismiss Musk Lorikeet as an option (aside 
from the range). Largish head had a greyish/horn/black (slightly large) bill. A 
couple of centimeters larger than a Musk Lorikeet, it may have weighed twice as 
much due to it's large body. This bird resembled nothing else I had seen, and 
even with only 15-20sec (Bino) view of the bird, it is like no other parrot in 
the West or the whole of region. About 30-40seconds after I first spotted it 
it, flew/fluttered off into the spinifex, ignoring the tree about 25-30m away. 
I searched the spinifex for 15-20minutes.


Tim Dolby

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