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The Black Noody breeding population at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef: 1985-1989

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Hill, Carter, Barnes, Dyer and Rosier

The population size of the Black Noddy Anous minutus was monitored over five years at Heron Island, a 13.5 ha coral cay located on the southern Great Barrier Reef. The population which reached around 67 000 breeding pairs in 1989 appears to be increasing, although the rate of expansion is difficult to determine. Highest nesting […]


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The foraging behaviour of avian nectarivores in a monsoonal Australian woodland over a six-month period

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Donald Franklin

The foraging behaviour of one lorikeet and six honeyeater species were compared over a six month period in tropical woodland near Darwin, Northern Territory. The study identified three broad groupings of nectarivores – the Rainbow Lorikeet, small honeyeaters (Brown, Dusky) and large honeyeaters (Silver-crowned and Little Friarbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Yellow-throated Miner). These groups were […]


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Short breeding season of Figbirds Sphecotheres viridis in Darwin, Northern Territory

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Richard Noske

Opportunistic observations of 55 nests of Figbirds over eight years on the Northern Territory University campus suggest that nesting commences in early September and that the breeding season lasts between two and three months only. Laying was apparently synchronized and two eggs were usual. Nests were often close together indicating some advantage in quasi-colonial nesting, […]


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Birds of Milman Island

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Dobbs, Miller, Card, Mather and Haselmayer

Fourteen Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Environment surveys were made of Milman Island from 1985 to 1995. A total of 81 seabird and non-seabird species were observed. Numerous vegetation communities provide varied habitats and food sources for birds at the island. Seven non-seabird species were observed either in breeding plumage or […]


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