Someone may correct me if I'm wrong, but the night parrot is known to exist in some places in Australia, but this is about a specific location in Southern Australia.
The evidence that they are there, are a few photos of a nest, which people think contains plaster eggs, not real ones.
Unrelated question: so does this imply that the libel laws in Australia are similar to those in UK? Thanks!
Australian defamation law inherits the English defamation law, though with some differences introduced across time.
I'm not overly familiar with UK law, but some differences I'm aware of:
+ There is no difference between libel and slander.
+ If it can be proven that you acted with malice, any and all defences may instantly be ignored.
However, as harsh as all this is... We also have a ruling from '06 that means that "truth" is an accurate defence. It used to be "truth" is only a defence if it had public benefit, but that requirement was dropped.
If you said only "truth", and without malice aforethought, then you may escape unscathed, but the bar for proving that is very very very high.
The laws around it are also very complicated, and difficult to navigate.
It is easy to claim someone said something that caused damage to a reputation, and if that damage was to an individual, they can sue you, and they may well win.