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Spatial and temporal aspects of nesting and nesting success of Darter and three cormorant species in south-eastern Queensland

Category: Issue 3
Author(s): Neil McKilligan
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Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris, Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos and Darter Anhinga melanogaster nested at Lake Clarendon, south-eastern Queensland for four years after the lake filled until it fell below 12 per cent capacity. In contrast to some other parts of Australia there was a distinct seasonality in their nesting […]

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Large mortality of Short-tailed Shearwaters Puffinus tenuirostris in Australian and New Zealand seas in October 2000

Category: Issue 3
Author(s): Irynej Skira
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A major mortality of Short-tailed Shearwaters Puffinus tenuirostris occurred in October and November 2000 as the birds returned to their breeding colonies in southern Australia. Beachwashed birds were found along the east coast of Australia, from 400 kilometres north of Brisbane to southern Tasmania, and west to New Zealand. Autopsies showed that the most likely […]

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Roosting behaviour af the Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus in suburban Darwin

Category: Issue 3
Author(s): Glenn Bellis and Angela Profke
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The Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus is a dry season migrant to Darwin. A study of their roosting habits in suburban Darwin during the dry season over three successive years yielded a total of 13 communal roosts, most of which were located by following birds just prior to dusk. The approximate number of birds in each […]

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Breeding biology of Hooded Robins Melanodryas cucullata in New England, New South Wales

Category: Issue 3
Author(s): Lulu Fitri and Hugh Ford
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Hooded Robins were studied near Armidale in the 1991 and 1992 breeding seasons, when 26 nests were found. Nests were built from late August to late December and took from 4 to 10 days to build. They were placed in eucalypts from 0.2 metres to 9 metres above the ground. All clutches were of two […]

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Foraging behaviour of Hooded Robins Melanodryas cucullata in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales

Category: Issue 3
Author(s): Lulu Fritri and Hugh Ford
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Hooded Robins foraged mainly by pouncing or gleaning on the ground for invertebrates, with an increase in gleaning in winter. Less frequently they hawked for flying insects and gleaned or snatched prey from bark, both of which were more common in summer and autumn. Although branches were the most frequent perches from which foraging was […]

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