Observations on breeding Night Parrots (Pezoporus occidentalis) in western Queensland

Murphy, Stephen A., Austin, Jeremy J., Murphy, Rachel K., Silcock, Jennifer, Joseph, Leo, Garnett, Stephen T., Leseberg, Nicholas P., Watson, James E.M. and Burbidge, Allan H. (2017) Observations on breeding Night Parrots (Pezoporus occidentalis) in western Queensland. Emu-Austral Ornithology, . doi:10.1080/01584197.2017.1292404


Author Murphy, Stephen A.
Austin, Jeremy J.
Murphy, Rachel K.
Silcock, Jennifer
Joseph, Leo
Garnett, Stephen T.
Leseberg, Nicholas P.
Watson, James E.M.
Burbidge, Allan H.
Title Observations on breeding Night Parrots (Pezoporus occidentalis) in western Queensland
Formatted title
Observations on breeding Night Parrots (Pezoporus occidentalis) in western Queensland
Journal name Emu-Austral Ornithology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0158-4197
1448-5540
Publication date 2017-02-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01584197.2017.1292404
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A population of Night Parrots (Pezoporus occidentalis) was discovered in 2013 in western Queensland and has become the primary focus of efforts aimed at conserving habitat and protecting the species from extinction. Critical information on nesting habitat and location, breeding season and behaviour, clutch size and breeding success is currently limited to anecdotal 19th-century observations and accounts by early natural historians. Here we describe several breeding attempts at Pullen Pullen Reserve. Our observations include nest and fledgling descriptions, habitat and clutch characteristics, breeding seasonality, adult breeding behaviour and vocalisations. We also identify a King Brown Snake (Pseudechis australis) as the predator responsible for one nesting failure. Our observations confirm historical reports of nesting habitat, egg and clutch size and breeding seasonality and provide important new information on vocalisations and adult behaviour around an active nest. These new data provide a basis for future studies and conservation management of this enigmatic threatened species.
Keyword Breeding
Conservation
Endangered species
Nest building
Nocturnal birds
Parrots
Predation
Threatened species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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