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The breeding biology of the White-rumped Swiftlet Aerodramus spodiopygius spodiopygius in Samoa

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Author(s): Michael Tarburton

In the lava-tube caves of Samoa the White-rumped Swiftlet Aerodramus s. spodiopygius has a protracted breeding season, laying eggs every month of the year. It builds nests of vegetation and saliva that average 44.7 × 43.7 × 11.8 millimetres in size, 5.1 metres from the cave floor and 5.2 metres from their nearest neighbour. These […]


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Comparative evaluation of suburban bushland as foraging habitat for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo

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Author(s): Tim Robinson, David Paull

An understanding of habitat suitability and utility across a given landscape is fundamental in effective threatened species management; particularly in regions where decisions are being made that cause habitat loss. This study develops the use of chewed Allocasuarina littoralis cone fragments as an index of foraging habitat suitability for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhyncus lathami, and […]


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These legs were made for walking – temporal and spatial variation in the distribution of the Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea in New South Wales

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Author(s): Errol Nye, Chris Dickman

The range of the Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea in New South Wales is thought to have extended southward from the north-eastern coast to near Sydney in the 1930s, and to be receding again now. We review all available atlas records, literature sources, sightings and other records to clarify the species’ distribution and status in New […]


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A high altitude observation of the Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella from East Gippsland, Victoria

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Author(s): Mark Antos, James Fitzsimons, Guy Dutson

There has been little research on the ecological requirements of the Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella, and its habitat preferences are poorly understood. On mainland Australia, the Beautiful Firetail is generally considered to be a bird of coastal regions and the lowlands. This note reports an observation of Beautiful Firetails on the Great Dividing Range at […]


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