Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) Opalton and Winton area
PRINT 35cm x 35cm
310gsm cotton rag paper
Is a small parrot endemic to the continent of Australia. It is well known as being one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no confirmed sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct.
Very similar characteristics to the prolific budgie but are twice the size and don’t live in flocks. Predominantly ground dwelling, taking to the air only when panicked or in search of water, the night parrot has nocturnal habits and is a highly secretive species.
Its natural habitat is mainly spinifex grass which dominates much of the dry, dusty Australian interior. And could be the reason why it has survived devastation from feral cats. Other live individuals were photographed in Queensland in late 2016, and sightings recorded in Western Australia. Well known sightings in the Winton area and is why I have included it in my illustrations.