The tragedy of the Paradise Parrot

McGregor, Russell (2021) The tragedy of the Paradise Parrot. Arcadia, Summer (27).

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Abstract

Amateur ornithologist Alec Chisholm published “The Paradise Parrot Tragedy” just after the species’ rediscovery in December 1921. Although he did not then know how deep the tragedy would run, he used the story of what seemed to be a bird’s near encounter with extinction to warn his fellow Australians of their need to reform their dealings with nature. His warnings retain pertinence today, but not for the Paradise Parrot. In a dismal denouement to the cautious hopes raised by the parrot’s rediscovery, its numbers continued to dwindle until the species was eventually pronounced extinct.

Item ID: 69437
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2199-3408
Keywords: Conservation; Paradise Parrot; Alec Chisholm' ornithology; extinction
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Copyright Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 04:54
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430307 Environmental history @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 70%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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