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Birds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

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Category: Issue 1

Author(s): Terry Coates, Ken Harris

A survey of diurnal birds of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (RBGC), Victoria was undertaken during most months between January 1999 and December 2004. Bird species were recorded at ten, two-hectare areas representing the major habitat types available. Incidental observations of other species were also recorded generally throughout the site. The results of the study […]


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Land-birds of three islands off the west coast of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia: Lilliput, Nicolas Baudin and West Waldegrave

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Category: Issue 1

Author(s): Peter Shaughnessy, Terry Dennis, Dave Armstrong, Steve Berris

This note provides information on land-birds of three small islands off the west coast of Eyre Peninsula: Lilliput Island near Smoky Bay, Nicolas Baudin Island near Sceale Bay and West Waldegrave Island near Elliston. These islands have important colonies of the Australian Sea-lion Neophoca cinerea and were visited primarily to monitor breeding activity and outcomes […]


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West Waldegrave Island, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

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Category: Issue 1

Author(s): Peter Shaughnessy, Terry Dennis, Dave Armstrong

The island has an area of 32 ha. The coastline comprises granite boulders and slabs, with a steep rise of about 5 m to a flat calcarenite plateau covered with sandy soil which supports Nitre bushes (Nitraria billardierei) and African boxthorn bushes (Lycium ferocissimum). There are small caves and overhangs among limestone cliffs immediately inland […]


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A possible territorial and nesting association between Pied and Grey Butcherbirds Cracticus nigrogularis and C. torquatus and the Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Graham Fulton

This study demonstrated that Yellow-throated Mineis Manorina flavigula arc aggressive birds that exclude other species of birds from their territories. However, they did not exclude Grey Butcherbirds Cracticus torquatus or Pied Butcherbirds C. nigrogularis from two widely separated sites in Western Australia. Concurrently active nests of Yellow-throated Miners and Pied Butcherbirds were found within 10-30 […]


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Longevity of the Crested Tern Sterna bergii in South Australia

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Waterman, Murray

Recoveries of alive and dead Crested Terns Sterna bergii, banded as chicks at the colonies of Stonywell, Halfway, Troubridge and Penguin Islands in South Australia, have shown that birds can survive as long as 32 years. Although most birds were breeding between 4-18 years old, several breeding birds of 19-29 years were also captured.


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Adult moulting during breeding in the New Zealand Fantail, Rhipidura fuIiginosa fuIiginosa

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Stirnemann

Most birds do not moult and breed simultaneously (Snow and Snow 1964: Payne 1972), however, some overlap between moulting and breeding has been recorded in individuals of at least 120 tropical island bird species (Foster 1975). These two events may overlap when birds take advantage of brief opportunities for breeding. If conditions are suitable for […]


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Out On The Town: Winter feeding ecology of Lorikeets in Urban Parkland

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Category: Issue 3

Author(s): Lauren Stanford, Alan Lill

Rainbow Trichoglossus haematodus and Musk Glossopsitta concinna Lorikeets have increased in abundance in Melbourne, Australia in recent years. We documented the diet and feeding behaviour of these lorikeets at 20 parkland sites in autumn and winter to increase our understanding of factors facilitating this urban colonisation. Both species’ diets were dominated (≥89%) by nectar and/or […]


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The Abundance and Movements of the Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca in an Urban Environment

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Category: Issue 3

Author(s): Daniel Corben, Ursula Munro

The Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca has established large, permanent populations in many urbanised areas of coastal eastern Australia, and many agencies aim to reduce its numbers. This study investigates daily and seasonal trends in the abundance and movements of ibis in Centennial Park (a large inner-city park of Sydney, NSW) from autumn to mid-winter […]


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Winter diet of Southern Boobooks Ninox novaeseelandiae in Canberra 1997-2005

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Category: Issue 3

Author(s): Susan Trost, Jerry Olsen, Rose, Stephen Debus

There are few studies of Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae diet and only two major studies of winter (non-breeding) diet. In this analysis of winter diet in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia, prey remains and pellets were gathered from five adult males and five adult females wintering in nature parks and Canberra suburbs during 1997–2005. The […]


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A survey of diurnal Raptors in the Wet-dry Tropics, Northern Australia

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Category: Issue 3

Author(s): Dennis Gosper, Glenn Holmes

The relative abundance of diurnal raptors in the Australian wet-dry tropics during the early dry season (winter) was measured during a twelve day, 3 024 kilometres road transect survey from northern Western Australia to northern Queensland in 2006. The results are compared with base-line data obtained during the nation-wide ‘Birds of Prey Watch’ scheme conducted […]


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