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Censuses and breeding records of the Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata on the coastal wetlands of central Queensland.


A resident but fluctuating population of Magpie Geese was recorded on the central Queensland coast during twice monthly counts on 13 wetlands between February 1987 and December 1989. The mean population on these wetlands in 1987 was 1 225±136SE (n=23), in 1988 771±132SE (n =25), and in 1989 2848±290SE (n=27). Successful breeding was recorded in 1988 and 1989 on four wetlands dominated by Eleocharis spp. with goslings, fledglings and immature Magpie Geese observed amongst adult flocks on these wetlands.

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