Previously thought to be extinct, a rare bird has been popping in different parts of Australia.
Earlier this year, Zoologists recorded the sounds of the Night Parrot, on more than one occasion, in the Northern Territory.
“In early 2017 zoologists Chris Watson and Mark Carter found a bird call in an acoustic recording that could not be positively identified,” a recent press release says.
“The site of the recording is a stand of very old thick spinifex (Triodia longiceps) surrounded by natural gibber firebreaks.
“The call recorded is a series of short constant frequency whistles at around 2.2kHz. The time of the call is roughly an hour after sunset. There had been rain at the site shortly before the call was recorded.”
Speaking to the Australian Geographic, Watson said the recordings have been verified.
“The recordings have been analysed by independent acoustic technicians who don’t know anything about birds in order to get a blind test.
“They’ve verified that it matches the reference calls from western Queensland.”
In February this year, a recording of the Night Parrot in Queensland was released to the public for the first time after its rediscovery in 2013.
The recordings took place in Pullen Night Parrot Reserve in Western Queensland, a reserve dedicated to the preservation on the bird.
Dr Allan Burbidge, chair of the Night Parrot Recovery Team told the Australian Geographic, “From the beginning, we had the view that we should release the calls, so that anyone – amateur observers or professionals – will know what to listen for when they’re in night parrot habitat."
Similarly, in March this year, four friends made headlines after they captured a photo of the Night Parrot in Western Australia: the first sighting in the state for 100 years.
The men had spent seven years trying to track down the bird.