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The biology of the Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus on the Riverine Plain of New South Wales during and after drought.


One hundred and sixteen male and 66 female Plains-wanderers Pedionomus torquatus were captured between April 1981 and February 1985. Body measurements are presented. Twenty-six chicks and immature birds were caught, some several times. These birds, and the discovery of nests, indicate that breeding started in late August in the two years following the 1982 drought, and second clutches were laid in January in one of these years. Wing feather moult was observed during the 1982 drought only. Observations on habitat and behaviour are presented.

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