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An Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus benefits from the beating behaviour of a Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius: a possible precursor to kleptoparasitism

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Author(s): Love and Semeniuk

Food parasitism on pelican species by many groups of birds, especially Larus and Sterna spp. is well known and documented. Although the Pelicanidae exhibit many behavioural and ecological traits known to facilitate parasitism, few accounts and studies of this feeding strategy by pelicans are known. The following report describes a series of inshore parasitic bouts […]


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Indentifying nest-predator species in a southern Victorian woodland using remotely triggered cameras at artificial nests

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Author(s): Lainie Berry

I used remotely triggered cameras placed at artificial nests to identify nest-predator species in Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, a woodland remnant in Southern Victoria. A quail egg placed on top of a micro-switch inside a disused bird nest acted as the bait and trigger mechanism for a camera placed nearby. After 220 camera days […]


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Utilization of nectar and other non-insect food resources by treecreepers

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Author(s): Erik Doerr and Veronica Doerr

The Australian Treecreepers (Climacteridae) are thought to be almost entirely insectivorous (Barker and Vestjens 1990; Higgins et al 2001). However, we have observed ingestion of a number of different non-insect food items by treecreepers. Both Brown Treecreepers Climacteris picumnus and White-throated Treecreepers Cormobates leucophaeus were repeatedly observed feeding on the nectar of Mugga Ironbark Eucalyptus […]


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A dissolving leg harness for radio transmitter attachment in treecreepers

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Author(s): Veronica Doerr and Erik Doerr

We modified a leg harness designed for radio transmitter attachment in birds so that it could be used on species with long exposed thighs and so that it would automatically fall off after several months. Using this harness, we attached radios to 63 treecreepers (Climacteridae) to follow their dispersal movements. Harness life was quite variable […]


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Aspects of the breeding biology of the Reef Egret Egretta sacra

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Author(s): Neil McKilligan

Reef Egret Egretta sacra nest site characteristics, nest attendance, vocalisations and eggs and chicks are described. Male and female Egrets spend equal time at the nest site at all stages of nesting. Incubation typically involved long sittings (mean of about 21.6 hours, standard deviation (s) = 9.46). The timing of feeding and nest attendance is […]


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Avifauna of Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and upper Stockyard Gully in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales

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Author(s): Fulton

A survey of diurnal and nocturnal birds of Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, New South Wales and adjacent native forests was undertaken on one day and night in most months between November 1996 and March 1999. Birds were recorded within the Gardens and along a transect passing through rainforest to open forest at the adjacent Stockyard […]


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