Hunting The Night Parrot

For a long time, the elusive night parrot of the Australian outback was believed to be extinct. Then, an experienced birder with a reputation for dubious finds offered up foolproof evidence that the bird is still alive: photographs, feathers, and birdsong that he promises is the real deal. This week on the show, we're featuring our Australian podcast pal Ann Jones, host of ABC's Off-Track, as she heads out into the bush to try and capture sound from a bird few have ever heard.

Rita Cutter, standing in the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area.  Photo courtesy of Off Track.

Rita Cutter, standing in the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area. Photo courtesy of Off Track.


Outside/In was produced this week by:

Outside/In was produced this week by Dr. Ann Jones and Maria Tickle of Off Track, and was a coproduction with the BBC World Service. The sound engineer was Angie Grant. Introduction produced by Sam Evans-Brown, and Taylor Quimby.

The Off Track theme is by Martin Peralta.

Music from this week’s episode came from Blue Dot Sessions.

Our theme music is by Breakmaster Cylinder.

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