I've also often wondered why that figure gets bandied about. I blame a
non-inquiring media. Like you Lawrie, I can't believe there would be so few,
for the reason you stated. I suspect someone was put on the spot by a journo at
some point and said some offhand comment like "maybe there's as few as 250".
One factoid born!
On 10/08/2013, at 10:42 AM, "Lawrie Conole" <> wrote:
> Thanks for posting that David.
> The 'factoid' repeated in this story and in various versions elsewhere -
> that there are only 50-250 Night Parrots in existence - continues to amaze
> me. Having just completed a PVA (population viability analysis) for
> Carnaby's Cockatoo, I have contemplated some of the demographic factors
> that allow a species to persist. If, as it appears likely, that Night
> Parrots still exist in SW Qld and NW WA (and tantalisingly maybe in NW
> Vic), there would have to be >250 birds extant across this broad brown
> land, surely. Maybe the difficulty associated with finding the things
> clouds otherwise clear heads, and generates low estimates in an attempt to
> rationalise the tiny number of sightings by biologists/naturalists??
> Lawrie Conole
> Kyneton 3444
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