Parrots in the Land of Oz

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NATURE tracks down the cockiest characters in the land down under in Parrots in the Land of Oz.

We keep them in cages in our homes, but in their natural state they are independent birds who can seek out water over hundreds of miles through pure instinct. We feed them seed from a pet store, but they can find food in a wide variety of habitats. We give them plastic toys and mirrors to play with when in fact in the wild some have figured out how to use tools to communicate and attract mates.

For tens of millions of years, parrots have survived and thrived in Australia even as the continent underwent dramatic changes, including some brought about by man. Though some, like the golden-shouldered Parrot are threatened, these tough Aussies have adapted well to deal with harsh life in the outback. Clever, resourceful, opportunistic and resilient, parrots may be Australia’s toughest survivors, and they’re certainly its most beautiful.

Online content for Parrots in the Land of Oz was originally posted January 2008.

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Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Producers
DAVID PARER
ELIZABETH PARER-COOK

Photography
DAVID PARER A.C.S.
LINDSAY CUPPER

Editor
JANE USHER

Sound Recording
RUTH CUPPER
KERRY WATSON
ROGER DUNDAS

Sound Editors
MARK STREET
LYNNE BUTLER

Sound Mixer
KEITH THOMAS

Music
CEZARY SKUBISZEWSKI

Animation Graphics
NICK HILLIGOSS

Narration Written By
JULIA SIMMONS
SEAN DOOLEY
JOSIE MATTHIESSON

Line Producer
SACHA GREGSON

Production Assistant
WILLIAM HUXLEY

Scientific Consultants
ROB HEINSOHN
STEVE MURPHY
ANDY BENNETT

Assistant Editors
SARAH LOW
SANDI KLEMENCIC

Colorist
JUSTIN HEITMAN

Online Editor
CHRIS DEA

Special Effects
ILOURA

Post Production Producer
RACHEL KNOWLES

Aircraft Pilots
CHRIS COLLINS
BRENDAN DEHENNIN
DUDE & SANDO KIDD
ROB HEINSOHN
PETER PANTOVIC

Special Thanks
ARTISAN FILMS
QUEENSLAND PARKS & WILDLIFE SERVICE
DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENT & HERITAGE, SA
PARKS & WILDLIFE COMMISSION, NT
PARKS VICTORIA
CALM, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
BRISTOL UNIVERSITY
LAWRY KOGER, DAVID ANDERSON
IAN BATES, PRO-CAM
JOHN BOWRING, LEMAC
JOHN TURNER, BROADCAST BOFFINS
THE RAINFOREST HABITAT
ANDRÉE GRIFFIN, BOCA
SUE SHEPHARD & FAMILY
DARRYN & JO HOSKINS
HENRY SCHREINER, KLAUS TOFT
GRACE CREES & BRYAN McKEAN
MATHEW BERG, RAOUL RIBOT
SEAN WALSH & NERIDA HOLZNAGEL
BILL & WENDY COOPER
DAVID BRENNAN, COLIN GILL
DAVID KLEINERT, RICK WEBSTER
ANGUS EMMOTT, MIKE GILLAM
STEPHEN GARNETT, SARAH LEGGE
JOSEPH FORSHAW, LEO JOSEPH

Executive Producer for Australian Broadcasting Corporation
DIONE GILMOUR

© 2007 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producer
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
JON BERMAN

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Online Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Associate Producer
TANNER VEA

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Writing
JENETTE RESTIVO

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Photos by D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook

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