The night parrot is a medium-sized, nocturnal, ground-feeding parrot growing 22 – 25 cm long. The only recorded weight is a trapped female that weighed 104 g. Adults are mostly bright-green with extensive black and yellow markings, including streaks, spots and bars and a yellow belly. The night parrot characteristically makes a ‘ding-ding’ call similar to that of a bell miner (Manorina melanophrys).
Night Parrot |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Pezoporus occidentalis
Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) has replaced native grasslands throughout the arid zone; and increases in fuel load are correlated with buffel grass invasion (Miller et al.; 2010); leading to more intense fires that spread further.