‘Extinct’ night parrot spotted alive for the first time in 100 years

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Even though in the last years the extinction animal list just got bigger and bigger, some great news are circulating through social media as a parrot species thought to be extinct has been rediscovered. Some photos of the mysterious night parrot, have left the birdwatchers ‘elated,’ the Guardian reported.

While back in 2015 there have been some rumours regarding the sight of the elusive bird, in Queensland, this time the night parrot was captured on camera and it is the first time in almost a century when the rare bird is seen in Western Australia. The night parrot is a small bird native to Australia. Known as one of the most elusive bird in the world, the greenish parrot is mottled with brown, black, and yellow, and lives a predominantly nocturnal life.

Initially declared extinct, the night parrot was spotted by four men from Broom (Bruce Greatwich, George Swann, Adrian Boyle and Nigel Jackett) who, over the last decade have hardly tried to locate the bird. “We are quite experienced in these habitats so to hear something new was quite exciting,” a member of the group, Bruce Greatwich, told Guardian Australia. ”

Another member of the team, George Swann, the one who has first seen the bird, declared they were all “elated” and “as excited as you could be!” He added:  “To have something happen that we have worked towards for a long time and lots of people have tried to achieve … we were clearly very, very excited.”

Image credits: Bruce Greatwich

According to the Guardian, the discovery is expected to have a major impact on mining development in Western Australia. “This is irrefutable evidence,” Rohan Clarke, head of Research Ecology, told Guardian Australia. “We know that night parrots do occur in Western Australia now. Mining companies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Parks and Water … they will have to place a lot more import into reported sightings now or in the future when they are making an assessment around potential developments or habitat destruction in the area.”

h/t: theguardian