The night parrot had not been captured and tagged for at least a century and was thought to be extinct… until now!
The elusive bird has been found by researchers using camera traps and following bird calls in remote Queensland who have named him Pedro.
The exact location of the find is being kept under wraps to prevent poachers and bird watchers from impacting conservation efforts.
Rob Murphy from Bush Heritage Australia says, “This is the biggest story of conservation in Australia today. For as long as we can, we’ll keep it as secret as we can. It’s just such a critical thing that we do everything that we can to save this species to bring it back from the brink of extinction.”
The night parrot is a nocturnal ground-dwelling bird that was first recorded in 1845. The last living specimen was collect in 1912.