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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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Early fledging in the New Zealand Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa fuliginosa

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Category: Issue 3

Author(s): Stirnemann

New Zealand Fantails Rhipidura fuliginosa fuliginosa form breeding pairs, which retain the same territories and can produce multiple clutches in a breeding season (Heather and Robertson 2005). Fantails have an incubation period of 13–16 days and have a nestling stage of 11–16 days (Heather and Robertson 2005). The minimum time recorded to fledging was 12 […]


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A simple, inexpensive trap for capturing Parrots and other Cavity Nesting Birds

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Category: Issue 3

Author(s): Mathew Berg, Raoul Ribot

Many studies require that birds be individually caught during the nesting cycle for marking and sampling. Numerous forms of trap for capturing nest box or cavity-nesting birds on the nest have been devised. The simplest of these may be just a hand net, sliding door or similar that is set off manually, but these require […]


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