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Night Parrot

(Pezoporus occidentalis)
Alternate name(s): "Spinifex Parrot", "Porcupine Parrot", "Nocturnal Ground Parrot", "Solitaire"; misnomer: "Midnight Cockatoo"
Aboriginal name(s): "pullen pullen", "myrlumbing"

Size: 22-24 cm
Weight: ca. 100 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Night Parrot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Near-dorsal view of a Night Parrot hiding between tussocks of Triodia ("Spinifex") grass (photo courtesy of Dr. S. Murphy)
[Pullen Pullen Nature Reserve, western QLD, April 2015]

Breeding information

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Sand, dry Triodia ("Spinifex") grass stalks Height above ground: N/A

Night Parrot nest with four eggs (photo courtesy of J. Young/Australian Wildlife Conservancy)
[Diamantina NP, western QLD, October 2016]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: ? Colour: White Shape: Rounded

Night Parrot eggs are white and rounded (photo courtesy of J. Young/Australian Wildlife Conservancy)
[Diamantina NP, western QLD, October 2016]

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