The Paradise Parrot
These web pages relate to the book Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet by
They provide additional material on the Paradise Parrot—museum specimens, egg data, Cyril Jerrard’s
writings, and the moth that cohabits with the Paradise Parrot’s relative, the Golden-shouldered Parrot.
In this highly illustrated and informative book, author Penny Olsen takes us on a journey of discovery.
The story of the Beautiful Parrakeet—the jewel of the parrot family—is one that combines elements
of natural history, human curiosity for the rare and unobtainable, and the true facts of the mystery
surrounding the bird’s fate.
flexicover, 250 x 220 mm, approx. 270 pp, b&w and colour illus.
Australia RRP A$34.95
Overseas RRP A$31.77
To order Glimpses of Paradise, go to http://shop.nla.gov.au
Follow these links for the additional material.
Museum specimens of the Paradise Parrot
Scrambled eggs—tracking down Paradise Parrot eggs
Cyril Jerrard’s unpublished article ‘ Paradise Parrot’, 1924
Extracts relating to the Paradise Parrot from Cyril Henry Jerrard’s nature journals,
Extracts from William Rae McLennan’s diary relating to the discovery of the
scatophaga that nests with the Golden-shouldered Parrot