An Australian bushman says he has video footage of the night parrot, a bird thought to have disappeared more than a century ago.
The only evidence of the continued existence of the desert-dwelling night parrot, Pezoporus occidentalis, are two dead birds found in 1990 and 2006.
A senior ecologist at the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management Unit in South Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the finding was a certainty as John Young, who describes himself as a “wildlife detective” has still photos, video and feathers.
The species fell out of the scientific record in the 20th century until a dead bird was found by a roadside in southwest Queensland in 1990. The discovery sent excited birders into the vast, dry, dusty, inhospitable Australian interior hoping to add it to their life lists. But there were no sightings and the parrot developed a mythological reputation.
Young, who says he’s been hunting the bird for 15 years, has refused to make public the precise location of the find, somewhere in Western Queensland, in order to preserve the security of the habitat. His photographs and footage were unavailable at this time.