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Detectability of birds through the day in softwood scrub remnants and open eucalypt forest along roadsides at Tallegalla, southeast Queensland

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Category: Issue 5

Author(s): Leach and Watson

Strip transects (300 x 40 m) through softwood scrub remnants and eucalypt open-forest along roadsides in south-east Queensland were censused from sunrise to mid-afternoon to determine diurnal changes in detectability of bird species and individuals. Censuses, comprising two consecutive 40-minute surveys by two teams of 2 to 4 persons, were repeated four times on each […]


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The distribution and abundance of Palearctic and Australasian Waders (Charadrii) in coastal Victoria

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Category: Issue 5

Author(s): Peter Dann

A survey of the distribution and numbers of waders in coastal Victoria was carried out in December, 1979. Of the 88 246 waders recorded, 97 per cent were of Palearctic origin and 3 per cent Australasian. The survey concentrated on bays, mudflats and estuaries where most Palearctic migrants are found. Relatively few Australasian waders were […]


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Aggressive behaviour of Red Wattlebirds Anthochaera carunculata and Noisy Friarbirds Philemon corniculatus

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Category: Issue 5

Author(s): Hugh Ford and Stephen Debus

The aggressive behaviour of Red Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds was quantified in a 240 ha remnant of eucalypt woodland near Armidale, New South Wales, from 1990 to 1992. Wattlebirds spent 1.8 per cent and Friarbirds 1.7 per cent of their time in aggressive activities. Wattlebirds chased from 1.2 to 3.7 and Friarbirds 0.5 to 1.8 […]


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The dawn chorus in a Eucalypt forest bird community, seasonal shifts in timing and contribution of individual species.

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Category: Issue 5

Author(s): Allen Keast

An analysis of the early morning period of maximum communal song (dawn chorus) at different times of the year in an eastern Australian eucalypt forest bird community showed the following: (1) it characteristically extended from 35-30 to 10-5 minutes before sunrise; (2) it was largely a feature of the spring breeding season; (3) not all […]


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