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An example of melanistic plumage in the Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides

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Author(s): Nigel Cleere

First known melanistic morph is a skin in the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.


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Spring diet of Pied Currawongs at Imbota Nature Reserve, Armidale, New South Wales.

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Author(s): Debus and Rose

The diet of Pied Currawongs Strepera graculina in eucalypt woodland near Armidale, New South Wales, was studied by analysis of stomach contents of 21 birds collected in October-December 2002. Adult pairs, and replacement currawongs in those territories, were collected before they had active nests. The currawongs’ diet consisted predominantly of arthropods (97% by number): mainly […]


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Moult in captive Regent Honeyeaters Xanthomyza phrygia

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Author(s): Munro and McFadden

Primary replacement progresses outwards while secondaries are progressing inwards, after tertials and rectrices have been replaced. Active moult continued until early April. Immatures undergo partial moult which may b influenced by hatching date.


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Breeding-season diet of a pair of Barking Owls near Armidale, New South Wales

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Author(s): Debus, Ford and Rose

For Ninox connivens in 2003, the spring sample was dominated by mammals whereas the summer sample was dominated by insects. Birds dominated the 2004 spring sample suggesting a shortage of mammalian prey.


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A record of interspecific kleptoparasitism by an Australian passerine, the Black-faced Woodswallow Artamus cinereus.

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Author(s): Recher and Davis

Black-faced Woodswallows opportunistically stole lepidopteran larvae from ground-foraging Crimson Chats while associated with mixed-species foraging flock.


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A sex-specific display in the sexually monomorphic Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis.

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Author(s): Michael Weston

Tail-bobbing, wing-flicking, rotating and jumping sideways performed usually by males, but sample size low.


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Foraging success by the Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae in a suburban habitat.

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Author(s): David O'Connor

Almost 60% success rate with data given for habitat and for prey size.


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Reproductive anatomy of the strictly monogamous Capricorn Silvereye Zosterops lateralis chlorocephalus.

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Author(s): Bruce Robertson

Anatomy of male and female comparable with similar-sized species that show low rates of extra-pair-paternity, hence low sperm competition.


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Reserves of the Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus in central-eastern New South Wales 1999-2001: their relationship with fire and observer competence.

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Author(s): Bain and McPhee

The endangered Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus is found in a number of small isolated populations along the east coast of Australia. Presently little is known about the status and viability of many of these populations. Surveys for Eastern Bristlebirds were conducted at Red Rocks Nature Reserve, around Jervis Bay near Huskisson and on Beecroft Peninsula, […]


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