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Distribution, Status and Options for the future management of the Grey Grasswren Amytornis barbatus barbatus in New South Wales

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Jeff Hardy

This paper reviews the current and historic distribution of the Grey Grasswren Amytornis barbatus barbatus in New South Wales, its abundance and its prospects for survival in this State. None of its habitat is protected under conservation legislation and its remaining habitat suffers from continued degradation by grazing domestic stock. The options for habitat protection […]


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Nest-site Characteristics of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax in Southern Victoria

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Adam Foster, Rob Wallis

Nest-site characteristics of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax were investigated in the outer Melbourne region of Victoria in 1999–2000. Nests (n = 20) were found in a range of local habitats (isolated trees to forest) and forest or woodland types. Nests averaged 12.6 metres above the ground (5–20 m, n = 14) and were placed […]


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Breeding diet of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax in Southern Victoria

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Adam Foster, Rob Wallis

The breeding diet of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax was investigated in the Bacchus Marsh district of southern Victoria in 1999–2000, by collection and analysis of prey remains and pellets from six territories (including five active nests, all of which fledged young). The eagles’ diet (n = 111 prey items) consisted of 95.5 per cent […]


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Interspecific feeding between an Insectivore and a Granivore – male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren Malurus coronatus feeds nestling Crimson Finches Neochmia phaeton

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Michelle Hall, Stephen Murphy, Roy Churchwell, Olga Milenkaya

Skutch (1961) described helping behaviour in birds, including cases where non-breeding individuals assist with rearing offspring of others of the same species (cooperative breeding), as well as cases where individuals feed young of a different species (interspecific feeding). Cooperative breeding is common in some groups of birds, and may arise because ecological constraints limit opportunities […]


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Some additional notes on Movement and Longevity of the Common Myna Sturnus tristis

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Category: Issue 2

Author(s): Nicholls, Nicholls

In August 1990 we began a small study to investigate the potential movements of the introduced Common Myna Sturnus tristis in the urban environment of Canberra. An initial report on a movement of 9.5 kilometres by an individual bird over a period of nearly three years was reported by Nicholls et al. (1996). The present […]


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