The Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) is one of the most mysteriously elusive birds on the planet. Only found here in Australia, the mostly ground dwelling nocturnal Parrot was thought to have been extinct for over 100 years. But with recent evidence of the Parrot being found throughout Queensland in the form of two dead birds in 1990 and 2006 the hope of finding the Parrot alive grew. Listen to the full story here.
THE NORTHERN spotted owl, pictured above, is a handsome creature. Dark brown and, as the name implies, dappled with white flecks, it stands up to half a metre tall when perched on branches in the ancient forests of America’s north-west. Its swivel neck lets it scan its sylvan habitat for woodrats, flying squirrels and other prey—or, rather, to scan what is left of that habitat, after decades of heavy logging. This logging has caused the owl’s numbers to decline steadily. Fewe