Search for Night Parrot at Skull Springs Rd

To: "Mike Carter" <>, "Janet Mattiske and Frank Pierce" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Search for Night Parrot at Skull Springs Rd
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:33:01 +1000
Yes, so it seems :-) Thanks for the references Mike and Jonny. (I've noted 
there are also a few recent records along WA coastline around Carnarvon.)

I'll never trust the BA Atlas again (just kidding). Or to put it another way; 
I'll never trust Western Australian birders to enter their 'local' data into 
the national BA Atlas ;-)


Tim Dolby

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Carter 
Sent: Wed 6/16/2010 11:56 AM
To: Tim Dolby; Janet Mattiske and Frank Pierce; 
Cc: Andrew Silcocks
Subject: Search for Night Parrot at Skull Springs Rd

RE: [Birding-Aus] Search for Night Parrot at Skull Springs RdOriginal Message 
from Tim Dolby on June 15 is below.

Unfortunately Tim, your data base appears to be inadequate. Reference to the 
paper, Davis, A.D. & Burbidge, H. (2008), 'The Elegant Parrot (Neophema 
elegans) in Arid Regions of Western Australia, Amytornis 1(1): 1-5, shows that 
up to 2005 there were 46 records of Elegant Parrot north of Kalbarri (slightly 
south of Meekatharra) and 6 of these were in the Pilbara. And I think you'll 
also find more recent records.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

As Mike Carter indicated, interesting observations re Elegant Parrot. Your 
report is actually significantly north of the recognized range for this 
species. In fact the closest records I can find to the Skull Springs Rd site is 
700 south near Meekatharra. For example there were also a couple of recent 
observation (24/04/2010) on Meka and Murgoo Stations near Yalgoo

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