[Last updated 14 October 2018]

Conference presentations:

Australasian Ornithological Conference – 26 November 2015: http://video.flinders.edu.au/events/Plenary2015.cfm?id=7

Birds Queensland Conference – 09 July 2016: http://www.birdlife.org.au/images/uploads/branches/documents/SQ-Warbler-QOC-Aug2016.pdf

National Private Land Conservation Conference – 24 November 2016 http://www.alca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/FinalProgramForWebsite.pdf?x20930

Australasian Ornithological Conference – 8 November 2017 (see page 21): https://aoconference.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/abstracts-aoc-2017-with-full-author-list1.pdf

Jackson, J., Burbidge, A. H., Hamilton, N., Greatwich, B., Bamford, M., Douglas, T., Davis, R. A., Page, M., and Pickles, D. (2018). EIA and the Night Parrot: the challenge of a cryptic and poorly known Critically Endangered species. In ‘GEMG Workshop 2018’. GEMG Workshop 2018. (GEMG: Kalgoorlie, WA.)

Working together to conserve Western Australian birds. A symposium. Perth. –  15 August 2018. (pp. 32–33) Brown, Jamie, and Calyon, Abraham (2018). Protecting bird species on Indigenous land: Night Parrot [abstract].  (BirdLife Western Australia: WA Ecology Centre, Perth.) (Summary of work by Paruku Rangers).

Popular science articles:

Murphy, Steve (2013). Night manoeuvres. Australian birdlife 2(4), 20-22.

Murphy, Steve, and Night Parrot Recovery Team (2015). Shining a light: the research unlocking the secrets of the mysterious Night Parrot. Australian birdlife 4(3), 30-35.

Pickrell, John (2016) The Night Parrot’s secret sanctuary. Australian Geographic No 134 http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2016/08/the-night-parrots-secret-sanctuary

Greatwich, Bruce (2017). Night Parrot in Western Australia. Western Australian Bird Notes 162, 4.

Murphy, Steve (2017). Rarity and the influence of knowing. Capeia 20170424.004. Available at: https://beta.capeia.com/zoology/2017/04/24/rarity-and-the-influence-of-knowing

Jackett, Nigel, and Nick Leseberg and James Watson (2017). How to find a Night Parrot. Australian birdlife6(2), 28–33.

Anon. (2018). Night Parrot [in ’State of our birds’]. Australian birdlife 7(2), 20.







http://www.birdingandwildlife.com/night-parrot/ – probable Night Parrot in the Northern Territory

http://www.birdingandwildlife.com/nt-night-parrot/ – Night Parrot in the Northern Territory

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/excitement-as-elusive-night-parrots-found-in-northwest-wa/news-story/8c1d9a174055c49cebf86cc3024839ce – Night Parrot photographed in WA

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/rare-night-parrot-photographed-by-kimberley-rangers/news-story/4e4bb7671d425b50cfadcb2b9bb77c69 – Night Parrot found by Paruku Rangers in Great Sandy Desert

https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2018/02/baby-night-parrot-photographed-on-queensland-reserve/  – Critically endangered Night Parrot fledgling photographed on Queensland reserve

https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2018/a-naturalist-checkered-past-rediscovered-long-lost – A Naturalist With a Checkered Past Rediscovered a Long-lost Parrot . . . Then Things Got Interesting

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/12/wildlife-group-investigates-claim-night-parrot-photos-were-staged?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Guardian+Today+AU+-+collection&utm_term=287725&subid=15537401&CMP=GTAU_collection – Wildlife group investigates claim night parrot photos were staged

Recently published scientific papers:

Garnett, S.T., Kleinschmidt, M., Jackson, M.V., Zander, K.K., and Murphy, S.A. (2016). Social landscape of the Night Parrot in western Queensland, Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology 22, 360-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PC16014

Olsen, P., Austin, J.A., Murphy, S. and Dally, G. (2016). The only known egg of the Night Parrot? A molecular and morphometric assessment of an alleged egg from the Tanami Desert. Australian Field Ornithology 33, 211-214. http://dx.doi.org/10.20938/afo33211214

Kearney, M.R., Porter, W.P., and Murphy, S.A. (2016). An estimate of the water budget for the endangered Night Parrot of Australia under recent and future climates. Climate Change Responses 3(1), 14.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40665-016-0027-y

Murphy, S. A., Austin, J., Murphy, R. K., Silcock, J., Joseph, L., Garnett, S. T., Leseberg, N. P., Watson, J. E. M., and Burbidge, A. H. (2017). Observations on breeding Night Parrots (Pezoporus occidentalis) in western Queensland. Emu 117, 107-113. doi:10.1080/01584197.2017.1292404

Hamilton, N. A., Onus, M., Withnell, B., and Withnell, K. (2017). Recent sightings of the Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) from Matuwa (Lorna Glen) and Millrose Station in Western Australia. Australian Field Ornithology34, 71–75. doi:10.20938/afo34071075

Murphy, S. A., Silcock, J., Murphy, R., Reid, J., and Austin, J. (2017). Movements and habitat use of the Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis in south-western Queensland. Austral Ecology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aec.12508/full

Young, J., Bellchambers, K., and Kanowski, J. (2017). Confirmation of the Night Parrot on Kalamurina. Unpublished report, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Perth, W.A.

Jackett, N. A., Greatwich, B. R., Swann, G., and Boyle, A. (2017). A nesting record and vocalisations of the Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis from the East Murchison, Western Australia. Australian Field Ornithology 34, 144–150. http://dx.doi.org/10.20938/afo34144150

Hamilton, N., Burbidge, A. H., Douglas, T. K., and Gilbert, L. (2017). Piecing the puzzle together: the fate of the Night Parrot nest found in Western Australia by Jackett et al. (2017). Australian Field Ornithology 34, 151–154. http://dx.doi.org/10.20938/afo34151154

Murphy, S. A., Paltridge, R., Silcock, J., Murphy, R., Kutt, A. S., and Read, J. (2018). Understanding and managing the threats to Night Parrots in south-western Queensland. Emu – Austral Ornithology 118, 135–145. doi:10.1080/01584197.2017.1388744



Olsen, P. (2018). ‘Night Parrot’. (CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne, Victoria.)

Research Plan:


Conservation Advice:

Threatened Species Scientific Committee (2016). Conservation Advice Pezoporus occidentalis Night Parrot. Department of the Environment, Canberra, ACT. Available at: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/species/pubs/59350-conservation-advice-15072016.pdf

Bibliography of Night Parrot publications:

For a fairly comprehensive list of publications pertaining to Night Parrots up to 2013, see the following:

Burbidge, A. H., and Blyth, J. (2013). Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) bibliography, 1848-2013. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth, Western Australia.
(See also many historical references in the book by Penny Olsen, listed above).