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Social behaviour of two free-ranging chicks of Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Ann Goth and Uwe Vogel
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To date, chicks of the Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami have been believed to live solitary during the first months of their lives. They hatch asynchronously in incubation mounds of leaf litter and receive no parental care. Upon digging themselves out of the mound, they disperse into dense understorey. This hatching process, their camouflaged plumage, lack […]

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Foraging by suburban Australian Magpies during dry conditions

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Rebecca O'Leary and Darryl Jones
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The foraging activities of ten Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen were observed during an unusually dry three month period in July to September 2000, in southern Brisbane, Queensland.

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Behaviour of non-breeding or post-breeding Willie Wagtails Rhipidura leucophrys in the Warrumbungle Mountains, New South Wales

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Helen Stevens
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The behaviour of Willie Wagtails Rhipidura leucophrys was observed during late summer in the Warrumbungle Mountains, New South Wales. Eight behaviours were described and time budgeted while diurnal changes in calling and foraging were also examined. The time budget revealed that birds were stationary for 54 per cent of time, and spent 15 per cent […]

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Are White-browed Babblers territorial?

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Peter Cale
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White-browed Babblers Pomatostomus superciliosus had overlapping ranges during the non-breeding season. During the breeding season these home ranges were restricted in area and there was little overlap between groups. There were three types of interaction associated with this spacing behaviour. Foraging interactions involved the aggregation of two or more groups to forage in a common […]

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Local extinction and decline of birds in a woodland remnant at Inverleigh, Victoria

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Conole
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Between 1979-2000 data about the presence or absence of birds were opportunistically collected from a grassy woodland reserve on the edge of the Victorian Volcanic Plain (38 degrees 04′ South, 144 degrees 03′ East), Victoria. Whilst no estimates of absolute abundance were made, the observations over 20 years are representative of avifaunal change during that […]

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Burrow occupancy by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and Flesh-footed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Dyer
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In January 2001 burrow occupancy for two species of Shearwater Puffinus carneipes and Puffinus pacificus was ascertained by using a burrowscope to inspect burrow contents at various sites on Lord Howe Island. Burrow occupancy (and burrow lengths) for Puffinus carneipes and Puffinus pacificus averaged 60 per cent (1.4m) and 57 per cent (0.8m) respectively. Neither […]

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Day-night habitat use by Double-banded Plovers Charadrius bicinctus in the Richmond River estuary, northern New South Wales

Category: Issue 2
Author(s): Rohweder and Lewis
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Night and day habitat use by Double-banded Plovers Charadrius bicinctus was studied in the Richmond River estuary, northern New South Wales. Habitat use was documented through direct observation of birds at two intertidal sandflats and by radio-tracking four birds. Comparison of Plover density between day and night failed to record a significant difference. However, radio-telemetry […]

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