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Journal Cover Australian Field Ornithology
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  • Volume 34 Identification of terrestrial predators at two little penguin
           colonies in South Australia
    • Abstract: Colombelli-Negrel, Diane; Tomo, Ikuko
      Identifying predators and determining their influence on bird population declines can be crucial in the implementation of appropriate conservation measures. In this study, we focus on the Little Penguin Eudyptula minor, a flightless seabird whose numbers have seriously declined in some populations across Australia and New Zealand, for a variety of reasons, some not fully understood. Using a combination of motion-camera monitoring at active burrows and postmortem examinations of carcasses, we present data on the identity, occurrence and impact of terrestrial predators at two colonies in South Australia: Granite Island and Emu Bay (Kangaroo Island). Terrestrial predation varied from 20% for carcasses found on Granite Island to 44% at Emu Bay. There was no evidence for predation at burrows on Granite Island but, at Emu Bay, we identified goannas (Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi) as predators of chicks (by using cameras), and Cats Felis catus as predators of chicks and juveniles (from postmortem examination of carcasses). In addition, 45% of the carcasses found at Emu Bay were categorised as chicks. We discuss potential biases in identifying causes of death from carcasses only and the importance of combining both direct and indirect evidence.

      PubDate: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:40:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 A successful long-distance aerial pursuit of an Australian Raven
           Corvus coronoides by a Brown Goshawk 'Accipiter fasciatus'
    • Abstract: Beranek, CT
      The Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus has a variable diet comprising mainly avian prey and mammals, and most observations suggest that it employs a range of ambush tactics but rarely uses long-distance aerial pursuits. Here I document a rare instance of a successful long-distance aerial pursuit of an Australian Raven Corvus coronoides by a Brown Goshawk, on 29 March 2015, on Broughton Island, New South Wales. After multiple unsuccessful aerial attacks, the Goshawk eventually succeeded. Although corvids are abundant and widespread throughout Australia and are within the preferred avian prey size range, they are rarely observed in the Goshawk's diet. Two ecological factors probably contributed to this observation: (1) there is little woodland here and thus little concealment for ambush tactics and (2) prey availability on Broughton Island and the surrounding islands has been altered by programs to eradicate pest mammals, thereby limiting the prey available to this species in this area.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 J.N. Hobbs Medal 2017: Citation - Ken Gosbell
    • PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 Observations and first photographs of the Guadalcanal Thrush
           'Zoothera turipavae' and Makira Thrush 'Z. margaretae' in the Solomon
           Islands
    • Abstract: Quelennec, Thierry; Quelennec, Marianne
      We describe observations and provide ecological notes on two poorly known endemic thrush species from the Solomon Islands, the Guadalcanal Thrush Zoothera turipavae and Makira Thrush Z. margaretae. We also present the first published photographs for these species and discuss the differences in coloration observed in the field in July 2016 compared with published illustrations.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 170 years of Latham's Snipe 'Gallinago hardwickii' arrivals in
           New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory show no change in
           arrival date
    • Abstract: Wilson, David; Hansen, Birgita; Honan, Jodie; Chamberlain, Richard
      An understanding of migration phenology is critical to the conservation of long-distance migrants. Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii is a cryptic, dispersed migratory wader that breeds in northern Japan during the austral winter and migrates to Australia for the non-breeding period. Records of this species for New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) were extracted from a range of data sources including hunting reports, the Atlas of Living Australia, eBird and citizen science records, generating a dataset of first-arrival dates for 170 years (1846-2016). The first record in each year, corresponding to the expected arrival period of Latham's Snipe on southward migration, was used to infer the date of first arrival. These dates were analysed using simple linear regression against Julian day to test the hypothesis that changes in climate (i.e. increasing mean annual temperature) might result in a corresponding shift in arrival dates. The mean Julian day of first arrivals in NSW and the ACT was 14 August +/- 9 days, with no significant change over the 170-year span of records. This suggests that migration phenology of Latham's Snipe has not been strongly influenced by changing large-scale climatic conditions at either the breeding or non-breeding grounds.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 The avifauna of Cartier Island commonwealth marine reserve,
           north-western Australia
    • Abstract: Clarke, Rohan H; Swann, George; Carter, Michael J; Mott, Rowan M; Herrod, Ashley
      Cartier Island and the surrounding reef is an isolated Australian Territory situated in the Timor Sea. Little is known about the avifauna of the reef system and the adjacent waters. Here we summarise all known ornithological records from the Island and detail the results of twice-annual bird surveys conducted within the Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve between 2010 and 2014. By the conclusion of the surveys, a total of 34 bird species had been recorded within the Reserve. The Crested Tern 'Thalasseus bergii' was shown to breed on the Island in small numbers. Several additional species of seabird and small numbers of shorebirds are regular visitors. Most other species occur as occasional visitors or vagrants.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 The range and habitat of the Kalkadoon Grasswren 'Amytornis
           ballarae'
    • Abstract: Harrington, Graham; McKeown, Adam; Venables, Brian
      In this paper we discuss the results of the first comprehensive survey of the range and habitat of the Kalkadoon Grasswren Amytornis ballarae. This grasswren is of particular interest because (1) It is not classed as a Restricted Range Species by BirdLife International although we show that it occupies < 50 000 km2; (2) This species lives in a fire-prone environment, and the habitat is unsuitable for at least 3 years after fire. The movement and fate of the birds in these circumstances is unknown; (3) It is sympatric with the Carpentarian Grasswren A. dorotheae over part of its range, raising questions about competition between the species; and (4) The spatial and behavioural separation from the closely related Dusky Grasswren A. purnelli is not well defined. In 2008 and 2009, we visited 195 locations in firescars of known age within the known range of the Kalkadoon Grasswren and played calls of Kalkadoon and Carpentarian Grasswrens at 6-10 sites in each, totalling 1491 survey sites. We encountered 81 groups of Kalkadoon Grasswrens. They showed a marked preference for metamorphosed sandstone and marble. They were almost always found on rocky hills, but if on flat areas they were within 300 m of hills. Spinifex Triodia spp. dominated the ground-layer at all the sites where Kalkadoon Grasswrens were located. Ground-cover by spinifex increased annually after fire and plateaued after 6 years. Kalkadoon Grasswrens had returned to 30% of 3- and 4-year-old firescars, but occurred in 90% of locations surveyed which had not been burnt for >=10 years. No grasswrens were encountered in surveys between the currently published ranges of the Dusky Grasswren in the Northern Territory and the Kalkadoon Grasswren in Queensland. This paper provides a distribution map, and defines the habitat variables for the Kalkadoon Grasswren. Our mapping shows that the range of the Kalkadoon Grasswren is 40 000 km2, which qualifies it as a BirdLife International Restricted Range Species. We argue that an Important Bird Area should be declared for conserving and monitoring this species alone, where it is not sympatric with the Carpentarian Grasswren.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 White-throated Treecreeper 'Cormobates leucophaea' feeding on
           bracket fungus
    • Abstract: Maurer, CN; Maurer, G; Reaney, LT
      White-throated Treecreepers Cormobates leucophaea are generally considered strict insectivores. This paper provides observational data of a female Treecreeper during winter feeding on a White Punk Laetiporus portentosus bracket fungus occurring in Victorian heathy dry forest.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 A prolonged agonistic interaction between two Papuan Frogmouths
           'Podargus papuensis'
    • Abstract: Zdenek, CN
      Papuan Frogmouths 'Podargus papuensis' are large nocturnal birds about which relatively little is known. A prolonged aggressive interaction between two Papuan Frogmouths that involved interlocking beaks was filmed in the Lockhart River region on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, and is described here. Two additional Papuan Frogmouths were present during the event, one of which gave a call-type (OomWoom) previously unrecorded for this species. Difficulties associated with detecting such agonistic behaviour mean that the prevalence of these contests and their behavioural significance are currently unknown and require further research.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 Finding food in a human-dominated environment: Exploring the
           foraging behaviour of urban Torresian Crows 'Corvus orru'
    • Abstract: Clifton, Briana; Jones, Darryl N
      Urbanisation provides both challenges and opportunities for wildlife living within these novel environments. Corvids (crows and ravens), although naturally wary and neophobic, have become among the most abundant urban bird groups throughout the world. Although such success has been attributed to their exploitation of human-derived food wastes, the foraging behaviour of urban corvids is poorly understood. We investigated foraging among Torresian Crows Corvus orru in suburban Brisbane, Queensland, by observing their behaviour at 15 parks and commercial sites in 2014-2015. The items consumed by foraging crows were identified specifically and with regard to origin during 5-minute focal observations. In addition, the reactions of birds to the presence of humans were noted. We found that the diet of the species was dominated by natural foods, especially insects, although around a third of items were of human origin. Crows selected a very wide range of food types and were more likely to consume natural foods during the morning but anthropogenic foods during the middle of the day. Crows were prone to flying away from a foraging site if people were close by. This study demonstrated that urban Torresian Crows rely primarily on natural foods, probably switching to scavenging only when nutritional needs have been met.

      PubDate: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:23:19 GMT
       
  • Volume 34 The Otway Forester 'Strepera graculina ashbyi': A neglected and
           misunderstood subspecies of the Pied Currawong from southern Victoria
    • Abstract: Menkhorst, Peter; Morley, Craig
      The most southerly of the six described subspecies of the Pied Currawong, Strepera graculina ashbyi, is perhaps the least known and most controversial. Because it has reduced areas of white at the bases of the primaries and at the bases of the rectrices, its appearance is superficially similar to the Grey Currawong S. versicolor, and this has caused confusion from the time of its first description to the present day. Subspecies ashbyi is considered to be extinct by some authorities, yet our observations indicate that birds showing the phenotypic characteristics of ashbyi are common breeding residents in the Otway Ranges of southern Victoria and in the regional city of Geelong and surrounding areas. Here we review the taxonomic history, morphological characteristics and current status of S. g. ashbyi. We identify errors of citation and misinterpretation of the literature which, combined with a lack of ground-truthing, have resulted in the classification of a seemingly common taxon as Extinct. We then present a re-assessment of the distribution and biogeography of S. g. ashbyi and discuss the suitability of the type specimen. The true taxonomic status of S. g. ashbyi can probably only be determined by studies of rates of genetic introgression amongst Pied Currawong populations across western Victoria, but in the meantime its conservation status should be revised to Least Concern.

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  • Volume 34 Killing of a mobbing Crested Pigeon 'Ocyphaps lophotes' by an
           Australian Raven 'Corvus coronoides'
    • Abstract: Mo, Matthew
      Mortality in birds engaged in mobbing potential predators is rare, especially while defending their progeny. This paper reports an incident of a nesting Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes being fatally attacked by an Australian Raven Corvus coronoides that it was mobbing. The Raven remained on the carcass for some time, but did not feed on it.

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  • Volume 34 A probable Australian White Ibis 'Threskiornis moluccus' x
           Straw-necked Ibis 'T. spinicollis' hybrid
    • Abstract: Callaghan, Corey T; Ryall, Sharon; Kingsford, Richard T
      We observed a probable juvenile Australian White Ibis 'Threskiornis moluccus' x Straw-necked Ibis 'T. spinicollis' hybrid on the Lachlan River catchment, New South Wales, in November 2016. Photographs, combined with observations, demonstrate phenotypic characteristics of both these ibis species. The bird had a pattern on the wing similar to the Australian White Ibis but coloration on the body similar to the Straw-necked Ibis. To our knowledge, this is only the second report of a probable hybrid between these two species in the wild, and the first report documented with photographs.

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  • Volume 34 Development of a tag-attachment method to enable capture of
           fine- and landscape-scale movement in black-cockatoos
    • Abstract: Yeap, Lian; Shephard, Jill M; Bouten, Willem; Jackson, Bethany; Vaughan-Higgins, Rebecca; Warren, Kristin
      This study reports on a successful trial of a double-tag mounting protocol using both satellite and GPS tags on captive black-cockatoos (Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii naso, Baudin's Black-Cockatoo Zanda baudinii and Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Z. latirostris). The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility and tolerance of a novel back-mount and a double-mount protocol combining a back- and tail-mount in black-cockatoos. We trialled solar 3D Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tags, standard solar and battery-operated GPS and Platform Terminal Transmitter (PTT) tags, and developed an attachment method to fit back-mounted solar-powered UvA-BiTS GPS tags to captive black-cockatoos. We investigated the effect of a variety of different types of tail-mounted satellite tags on the operational ability of the primary UvA-BiTS units and the feasibility of the double-mounted tag system with regard to tolerance by the birds. Our study determined that the combination of a 7.5-g UvA-BiTS GPS tag and 17-g Telonics TAV 2617 satellite tag was best tolerated by the birds and was the optimal tag system for use on birds to be released. This system enables capture of movement data to better understand the ecology of black-cockatoos, and identify critical feeding, roosting and breeding habitats, thereby informing conservation management initiatives to conserve these threatened species.

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  • Volume 34 Incubation behaviour and care of a nestling by a pair of Black
           Fantails 'Rhipidura atra'
    • Abstract: Donaghey, Richard H
      The Black Fantail 'Rhipidura atra', endemic to the lower montane forests of New Guinea, builds a typical fantail nest. Observations of a nest placed high up in an understorey tree in the Arfak Mountains in Indonesian New Guinea revealed that the male and female of a pair mostly alternated incubation bouts and contributed almost equally to incubation, care of the nestling and nest-defence. Incubation constancy was 80%. Observations of Black Fantails mobbing potential nest-predators are described.

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  • Volume 34 Parasitism strategies of the Fan-tailed Cuckoo 'Cacomantis
           flabelliformis'
    • Abstract: Guppy, M; Guppy, S; Fullagar, P
      The Fan-tailed Cuckoo 'Cacomantis flabelliformis' inhabits thick forest, and nothing is known about how it finds the nests of its hosts, or whether it monitors the nests that it does find. We studied this cuckoo, and its hosts, for 8 breeding seasons between 2007 (August 2007-January 2008 inclusive) and 2014 (August 2014-January 2015 inclusive) on a 10-ha site in a coastal forest of south-eastern Australia, near Moruya, New South Wales. For three of these seasons, nests were monitored with cameras. The Cuckoo was recorded at the nests of only its four putative hosts at the site (White-browed Scrubwren 'Sericornis frontalis', Brown Thornbill 'Acanthiza pusilla', Superb Fairy-wren 'Malurus cyaneus' and Variegated Fairy-wren 'M. lamberti'). It parasitised only the nests of the White-browed Scrubwren and Brown Thornbill, but it removed either eggs or young from all other nests at which it was recorded. There was no correlation between any measure of nest activity for a host species, and parasitism of that species, and cameras at nests recorded no evidence of nest monitoring by the Cuckoo. We conclude that individual Cuckoos may be host-specific, and that the parasitism strategy is enigmatic, but is possibly haphazard and inefficient. As a result, the Fantailed Cuckoo finds most host nests too late for successful parasitism, it spoils them to re-instigate building, and is by default a major nest-predator.

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  • Volume 34 Invasive Eurasian Tree Sparrows 'Passer montanus' on Troughton
           Island in the North Kimberley of Western Australia: A cyclone-induced
           colonisation attempt'
    • Abstract: Tucker, Anton D; Johnstone, Ron; Loyn, Richard; Vinnicombe, Tracey; Newman, Brad; Newman, Heather; Veal, Heather; Bentley, Blair; Williams, Desmond
      Four Eurasian Tree Sparrows 'Passer montanus' were recorded on Troughton Island, north-western Western Australia, on 6-8 August 2016. Reports indicate that these were the remaining birds (or progeny) from a group of 17 birds that arrived after a storm in c. 2011; the population then dwindled despite apparently breeding over the next 5 years. This represents the first documented colonisation by this species of a near-shore location in Australia with little or no likelihood of ship assistance.

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  • Volume 34 Recent sightings of the Night Parrot 'Pezoporus occidentalis'
           from Matuwa (Lorna Glen) and Millrose Station in Western Australia
    • Abstract: Hamilton, Neil A; Onus, Mike; Withnell, Bruce; Withnell, Kay
      The elusive and rare Night Parrot 'Pezoporus occidentalis' is being continually searched for and sightings reported. It was thought possibly to be extinct until recent discoveries of two dead specimens in Queensland (1999, 2006), a confirmed sighting in the Pilbara in 2005, the first photograph of a live bird in Queensland in 2013, subsequent discoveries in western Queensland, and a photograph of a Night Parrot in flight from the interior of Western Australia in 2017. We describe our sightings of the Night Parrot from the arid region of Western Australia on 24 November and 5 December 2009. In addition, we briefly describe other possible sightings from the same location and adjoining Millrose pastoral station.

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  • Volume 34 Observations of nesting in the Papuan Flyrobin and the Olive
           Flyrobin, and post-fledging care in the Torrent Flycatcher, all endemic to
           New Guinea
    • Abstract: Donaghey, Richard H
      The nesting season, nest materials and dimensions, nest-site, and incubation and anti-predator behaviour of the Papuan Flyrobin 'Devioeca papuana', and nest and egg of the Olive Flyrobin 'Kempiella flavovirescens', both species endemic to New Guinea, are described. An observation of cooperative post-fledging care of two juvenile Torrent Flycatchers 'Monachella muelleriana' is presented. Incubation feeding occurred in the Papuan Flyrobin and incubation constancy was 54%. Papuan Flyrobin incubation behaviour, such as nest-attentiveness, frequency of nest visits and duration of on- and off-bouts, and nest failure are discussed and compared with those of the Jacky Winter 'Microeca fascinans', Lemon-bellied Flycatcher 'M. flavigaster' and northern temperate passerines. Flyrobin nest failure and potential avian predators are discussed.

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  • Volume 34 Parental care and breeding strategies of the Jacky Winter and
           its life-history traits compared with other Australasian robins, and
           northern temperate and tropical songbirds
    • Abstract: Donaghey, Richard H; Donaghey, Carolyn A
      We studied parental care in the Jacky Winter 'Microeca fascinans' at Gluepot Reserve, South Australia, for one breeding season from 16 August to 9 November 2001, supplemented by observations on breeding and social behaviour in September 2012. We monitored ten nests in 2001, nine of which were attended by pairs and one by three adults, and watched three nests for a total of c. 117 hours. Female incubation constancy was 69%, duration of incubation sessions averaged 4.58 minutes and absences from the nest 2.07 minutes. Mean number of nest visits per hour by two pairs during the incubation period was 10.6 and for a group of three adults (two males, one female) was 15.8. Female care included brooding, feeding of nestlings, and nest-hygiene. Male care included delivering food to the sitting female, feeding the nestlings, nest-hygiene, nest-defence, and territoriality. Mean female brooding constancy was 55%. Mean number of feeding trips per hour by male and female combined for the entire nestling period was 14.6. Older young, 12, 13 and 14 days of age, received 21, 20, and 29 feeds/h respectively or one feed about every 2 minutes. Mean number of visits per hour by male and female combined to a nest with two young was 16.5 for Days 1-10 and 20.4 for Days 11-18 of the nestling period. High nest-predation is discussed in relation to nest placement and concealment, high nest visitation during incubation and nestling stages, anti-predator behaviour, nest-defence and types of predators, and re-nesting capacity, and compared with other Australasian robins and northern temperate and tropical songbirds. The small nest, small clutch-size, high nest failure, and anti-predator posture and mottled plumage of nestlings suggest that nest-predation is a strong selective pressure in the Jacky Winter. However, the moderately long nestling period, brood-size reduction, high rates of feeding young and nest visits by both male and female, and short and frequent incubation and brooding bouts on and off the nest relative to other robins are not consistent with nest-predation theory, and suggest behavioural responses to food availability and an ultimate response to food limitation. Incubation behaviour on and off the nest, parental care of young, nest visitation and other life-history traits that influence reproductive effort are discussed to elucidate the breeding strategy compared with other Australasian robins.

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  • Volume 34 A novel observation of food dunking in the Australian Magpie
           'Gymnorhina tibicen'
    • Abstract: Drinkwater, E; Ryeland, J; Haff, T; Umbers, KD L
      We document putative food-dunking behaviour in the Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen. While conducting an experiment on the Mountain Katydid Acripeza reticulata, we presented one to a wild adult Magpie, which appeared to conduct 'dunking behaviour' while processing the insect. The Magpie carried the katydid to a puddle of water, dunked the katydid, and then dropped it. A nearby juvenile Magpie then retrieved the katydid and performed the same dunking behaviour before eating the katydid. To our knowledge, this is the first reported instance of food dunking by Australian Magpies. We hope this observation will facilitate future investigations into behavioural adaptations to dietary choices of Magpies.

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  • Volume 34 First nesting pair of Little Eagles 'Hieraaetus morphnoides'
           recorded in the Sydney region
    • Abstract: Walsh, J; Beranek, CT
      Although the Little Eagle 'Hieraaetus morphnoides' is broadly distributed across much of Australia, it appears to be declining in New South Wales. The key threatening process is the removal of habitat, leading to loss of suitable nesting and foraging sites and changes in prey abundance. Here we present the first report of successful nesting of the Little Eagle in greater Sydney (i.e. in the County of Cumberland), and recommend guidelines for management. The nest, discovered in a Smooth-barked Apple 'Angophora costata' in the suburb of Ingleside on 15 October 2016, was visited one to three times per week, and observations on behaviour, diet and habitat of the Eagles were noted. The most common prey species taken was the European Rabbit 'Oryctolagus cuniculus'. The chick fledged at c. 9 weeks old. The nest-site is at risk from a proposed development in the area and needs to be adaptively managed to ensure the continued presence and nesting of this species at this site.

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  • Volume 34 Aspects of breeding ecology and diet of the Brahminy Kite
           
    • Abstract: Riddell, William
      The breeding ecology and diet of the Brahminy Kite 'Haliastur indus' was studied in urban Darwin, Northern Territory, in 2015 (n = 10 territories) and 2016 (n = 13 territories). Laying was estimated to have occurred from c. 15 June to 3 October, with juveniles fledging during August to December. African Mahogany 'Khaya senegalensis' was the most common nest-tree (12 of 14 nest-trees). A breeding success rate of 17 from 21 active nests (81%) was recorded across the two breeding seasons. Nest dispersion was 25 nests/100 km2 in 2015, and 31.3 nests/100 km2 in 2016. A total of 394 prey items was recorded, comprising 243 reptiles (61.7%), 34 birds (8.6%), 34 crustaceans (8.6%), 27 fish (6.9%), 22 amphibians (5.6%), 19 mammals (4.8%) and 15 insects (3.8%). The Northern Water Dragon 'Lophognathus temporalis' was the most common prey item, being recorded on 233 occasions.

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  • Volume 34 First record of Brush Cuckoo parasitism of the Lovely Fairy-wren
    • Abstract: de Geest, Patrick; Leitao, Ana V
      We report a case of brood-parasitism by the Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus of the Lovely Fairy-wren 'Malurus amabilis'. We recorded by observation and photography a fledgling Brush Cuckoo being fed by a pair of Lovely Fairy-wrens in a period of 16 days during February and March 2016 in Cairns, Queensland. These observations are the first record of brood-parasitism by the Brush Cuckoo of the Lovely Fairy-wren.

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  • Volume 33 An unprecedented irruption and breeding of Flock Bronzewings
           'Phaps histrionica' in central South Australia
    • Abstract: Pedler, Reece D; Lynch, Catherine E
      The Flock Bronzewing Phaps histrionica has declined significantly and undergone a northward range contraction in inland Australia since European settlement. In the southern parts of its range, including central northern South Australia, it is uncommonly recorded during times of significant ephemeral vegetation response, triggered by sustained above-average rainfall. In late 2013, while core habitats in Queensland were in extended drought and much of arid South Australia received below-average rainfall, an area of 10 000 km2 between Roxby Downs and Lake Eyre South supported tens of thousands of Flock Bronzewings, with evidence of widespread successful breeding during September and October and contemporary range expansions of 150 km to the south and west. Through a network of local pastoralists, mining workers and biologists we collated ˃80 field observations from >40 observers across this region. Direct evidence of predation by Cats Felis catus was detected at a nest-site and in the stomach of a cat shot in the area. Seeds of annual shrubs Trichodesma and Phyllanthus species dominated the crop contents of two dead fledgling Bronzewings that were collected opportunistically. Although the Flock Bronzewing is well known for its irruptive nature, the magnitude and southerly extent of this sustained irruption are unprecedented in the literature and in the living memory of local observers. This event exemplifies the remarkable ability of arid-adapted birds to locate and exploit localised productive habitat within vast dynamic and stochastic landscapes, in this case recruiting new individuals to the population despite widespread unfavourable conditions within their core range.

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  • Volume 33 A case of total absence of yellow in the golden Whistler
           'Pachycephala pectoralis'
    • Abstract: Martinsson, Svante
      An aberrantly coloured male Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis, lacking yellow pigment, is reported from the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. This could be the first documented case of this colour aberration in the species.

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  • Volume 33 Notes on the Bassian Thrush 'Zoothera lunulata' in the Illawarra
           region, South-Eastern Australia
    • Abstract: Mo, Matthew; Waterhouse, David R
      Observations of the Bassian Thrush 'Zoothera lunulata', a poorly studied species, were recorded opportunistically in the Illawarra region, New South Wales, over a 5-year period between January 1988 and December 1992. At this location, this species mainly fed on earthworms, mostly foraging on cropped lawns and deposits of leaf-litter. Cup-shaped nests composed of moss were observed from September to December, and foraging Thrushes gathered up to eight worms at a time to feed nestlings. The Thrushes were seen mostly singly or in pairs, and some had apparently dispersed from the study sites during autumn and early winter.

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  • Volume 33 Common Mynas attack common Brushtail Possums and nesting
           Southern Boobook, and diet of the nesting Boobooks
    • Abstract: Trost, Susan; Olsen, Jerry
      Over a 30-night period a Common Myna 'Acridotheres tristis' was observed attacking Common Brushtail Possums 'Trichosurus vulpecula' and harassing a female Southern Boobook 'Ninox boobook' near her nest. One night a Myna that had been attacking Possums was chased by the male Boobook, which appeared to be chasing it as prey. We did not observe further attacks by Mynas after this night. Common Mynas were found in the dietary analysis for this pair of Boobooks.

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  • Volume 33 The Eastern Spinebill 'Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris' as a
           nest-predator
    • Abstract: Guppy, M; Guppy, S; Carlisle, N; Fullagar, P
      Here we document the removal of eggs from the nests of two passerine species - Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla and Yellow-faced Honeyeater Caligavis chrysops - by Eastern Spinebills Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris.

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  • Volume 33 Purple Swamphens 'Porphyrio porphyrio' and Dusky Moorhens
           'Gallinula tenebrosa' climbing trees and feeding on lerps
    • Abstract: Seymour, John
      During an outbreak of the lerp-forming insect 'Glycaspis brimblecombei' (Hemiptera: Aphalaridae) on River Red Gums 'Eucalyptus camaldulensis' near Adelaide, South Australia, Purple Swamphens 'Porphyrio porphyrio' and Dusky Moorhens 'Gallinula tenebrosa' climbed trees to feed on lerps. The Swamphens climbed up to 8 m above ground- or water-level, the Moorhens up to 4 m. The Swamphens usually obtained lerps in situ by pecking or by drawing leaves through the bill. Sometimes an individual detached a branch and flew with it to the ground to feed there. The Moorhens took lerps only by pecking in situ.

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  • Volume 33 A second living 'Rawnsley's Bowerbird' - a wild adult male
           hybrid from a Regent Bowerbird 'Sericulus chrysocephalus' x Satin
           Bowerbird 'Ptilonorhynchus violaceus' cross
    • Abstract: Frith, Clifford B
      A second observation of a living 'Rawnsley's Bowerbird', the result of hybridisation between a Regent Bowerbird Sericulus chrysocephalus and a Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, was made at Kalang, New South Wales, in October and November 2014. Photographs show an individual very similar to the original specimen collected in 1867 and to the living individual observed in 2003-2004.

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  • Volume 33 An eye for nature: The life and art of William T. Cooper [Book
           Review]
    • Abstract: McCarthy, David J
      Review(s) of: An eye for nature: The life and art of William T. Cooper, by Penny Olsen, with a Foreword by David Attenborough, Australian National Library, Canberra, 2014, Hardback, 24 x 29 cm, 278 pp., RRP AU$49.99.

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  • Volume 33 A history of birdwatching in 100 objects [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Handreck, Paul
      Review(s) of: A history of birdwatching in 100 objects, by David Callahan, edited by Dominic Mitchell, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2014, Hardcover, colour photographs, 222 pp., RRP AU$39.99.

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  • Volume 33 Climate change adaptation plan for Australian birds [Book
           Review]
    • Abstract: Debus, Stephen
      Review(s) of: Climate change adaptation plan for Australian birds, edited by Stephen T. Garnett and Donald C. Franklin, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, Softcover, tables, maps, 270 pp., RRP AU$70.

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  • Volume 33 The world of birds [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Debus, Stephen
      Review(s) of: The world of birds, by Jonathan Elphick, The Natural History Museum, London (published in Australia by CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne), 2014, Hardcover, colour photographs, black-and-white diagrams, 608 pp., RRP AU$90.

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  • Volume 33 Australian bird names: A complete guide [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Citroen, Lou
      Review(s) of: Australian bird names: A complete guide, by Ian Fraser and Jeannie Gray, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2013, Softcover, black-and-white drawings, 336 pp., RRP AU$49.95.

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  • Volume 33 Grey Falcon 'Falco hypoleucos' taking a small mammal as prey
    • Abstract: Moore, Euan D
      This note details an observation of a Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos taking a small, rodent-like mammal as prey by a drop-attack from a tree perch.

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  • Volume 33 Do black-necked Storks breed in the Hunter Valley': A
           comment on Clancy and Kingsford (2015)
    • Abstract: Stuart, Alan
      The claim of Clancy and Kingsford (2015) that a pair of Black-necked Storks Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus bred at Hexham Swamp, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, in 2014 may be incorrect. This species, which is classified as Endangered in NSW, has never been confirmed to breed anywhere in the Hunter Valley. However, in late 2015 a pair with two fledged young was recorded regularly. Possibly this constitutes the first breeding record for the Hunter Valley, although it is not known where the pair nested.

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  • Volume 33 A record of the Siberian Blue Robin 'Larvivora cyane' at Ashmore
           Reef off north-western Australia, April 2012
    • Abstract: Clarke, Rohan H; Carter, Mike; Swann, George; Herrod, Ashley
      An immature male Siberian Blue Robin 'Larvivora cyane' was recorded on West Island, Ashmore Reef, off northwestern Australia, on 23-25 April 2012. This is the first record of this species anywhere in Australia or its territories.

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  • Volume 33 Australian high country raptors [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Cam, Graham R
      Review(s) of: Australian High Country Raptors by Jerry Olsen; CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2014. Softcover, 336 pp. (including 30 coloured images, 154 black-and-white images, 87 figures and tables).

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  • Volume 33 Skinks and burrowing crayfish as prey items of the Eastern
           Yellow Robin 'Eopsaltria australis' in south-eastern Australia
    • Abstract: La May, Valerie; O'Brien, Martin; Boekel, Con; Costello, Kathy; Park, Geoff; Ross, Sonja
      This note describes five observations during 2014 and 2015 of predation by Eastern Yellow Robins Eopsaltria australis, on a burrowing crayfish Engaeus sp. and small skinks. This species feeds predominantly on terrestrial invertebrates and insects but these recent observations suggest that it is an opportunistic feeder.

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  • Volume 33 White-bellied Sea-Eagle breeding in the Western Port area,
           Victoria
    • Abstract: O'Brien, Martin; Lacey, Geoff
      The number of known active breeding sites for White-bellied Sea-Eagles Haliaeetus leucogaster in the Western Port area of Victoria has increased from one in the early 1980s to either six or seven in 2014. Three sites are located on French Island, two on Phillip Island, one at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Mornington Peninsula, and possibly one on Quail Island. A key factor in the increase in population is the creation and expansion of habitat reserves, especially French Island National Park, and subsequent change in management. All but one of the nests were built in tall trees. Surrounding habitats include forest, woodland, pines, farm trees and a swamp. Nest-site fidelity at several sites was low, owing to nest abandonment and collapse, with rebuilding of nests usually occurring nearby. In addition to the breeding pairs on French Island, other unpaired adult and immature Sea-Eagles are regularly observed there.

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  • Volume 33 Breeding behaviour in the Spangled Drongo 'Dicrurus bracteatus'
    • Abstract: Briggs, Alan
      Over a period of five breeding seasons (between November 2008 and January 2013) the breeding behaviour - including nest-site selection, nest building, incubation and care of nestlings and fledglings - of the Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus was observed at Coowonga on the central Queensland coast, and from this the breeding success was estimated. The breeding season was from November to January, with a consistent start date from year to year. The incubation and nestling periods were also consistent from year to year. A nest was generally positioned in a tree near a clearing and in the outer part of that tree. Several factors contributed to nest-site selection: nest-tree species, habit and height, diameter of the tree's outer branches, availability of dead branches, proximity of the nest-tree to a clearing and to water, and height of the nest above the ground. New findings were the frequent attachment of a nest to dead twigs and the consistent placement of a nest on the first branch below the spreading canopy of the tree. The occurrence of colonial breeding was more difficult to determine, with many features of this behaviour (such as group nesting and co-operative defence against predators) being evident, but nests were widely dispersed over a large area. Rotation of nest-sites may be used to minimise predation, with some Drongos using a nest-site one year, but not the next, and then returning to that nest-site the following year.

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  • Volume 33 New bird records from the Fortescue Marsh and nearby claypans,
           Pilbara bioregion, Western Australia
    • Abstract: Trainor, Colin R; Knuckey, Chris; Firth, Ronald S C
      The Fortescue Marsh in the Pilbara bioregion, Western Australia, is an extensive ephemeral wetland that fills episodically. It is considered as a potential Ramsar site and is recognised as a nationally important wetland and an Important Bird Area. We surveyed birds at 21 sites on the Fortescue Marsh and a further 23 sites (44 sites in total), including nearby claypans Coondiner Pool and Mungthannannie Pool, in the Fortescue Valley over 12 days in March-April and July 2012. A total of 100 bird species (34 waterbird and 66 landbird species) was recorded during the survey. A further 86 bird species (including 28 waterbird species and 58 landbird species) were recorded for this area from searches of databases and the literature (total of 187 species; 62 waterbirds). New and significant observations during the survey included the first breeding record of Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides for the Pilbara, the first breeding records on the Marsh of Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis and Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia, and the first record of Australian Painted Snipe Rostratula australis for the Fortescue Valley. Despite this area's importance to breeding and visiting waterbirds, the birds of the Fortescue Marsh remain surprisingly under-studied. We highlight some significant but overlooked literature records of waterbirds on the Marsh. Further ground and aerial surveys, and ongoing monitoring of this region would be valuable.

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  • Volume 33 Seen but not heard: Lillian Medland's Birds [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Herman, Kerryn
      Review(s) of: Seen But Not Heard: Lillian Medland's Birds, by Christobel Mattingley, The National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2014. Hardcover, colour plates, 207 pp. RRP AU$39.99.

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  • Volume 33 Fish-catching by a juvenile Powerful Owl 'Ninox strenua'
    • Abstract: Mo, Matthew; Hayler, Peter; Hayler, Antonia
      The Powerful Owl 'Ninox strenua' typically forages for arboreal prey; however, some authors have identified crustaceans in pellet material. This paper reports on an anecdotal observation of a juvenile Owl catching and consuming a fish. The observation was recorded at dusk in the upper reaches of tidal mangroves in one of the bushland remnants in Sydney, New South Wales, along the Georges River. The observation may constitute investigative 'play' behaviour by juvenile Owls.

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  • Volume 33 Observations of the food brought to young at a nest of the
           Striated Pardalote 'Pardalotus striatus'
    • Abstract: Thurley, David S
      The habit of the Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus of often foraging high above the ground and its being small in size and difficult to detect mean that few detailed observations have been made of the diet of this species. Here I report observations of food items taken to a nest on the patio of a house. The observations show that the adults feed their chicks a diet rich in lerps soon after hatching but with increasing quantities of insects as the chicks develop.

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  • Volume 33 Growth and development of Buff-banded Rail chicks
    • Abstract: Clark, Julie; Harris, John
      The Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis is not uncommon in favourable parts of its range but its elusive nature makes it difficult to study and, in particular, development of chicks to attainment of juvenile plumage and adult size is incompletely reported. In the northern suburbs of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, planned storm-water management has resulted in the formation of wetlands, watercourses and pools, an ideal environment for rails and crakes. Physical and behavioural development could therefore be followed from opportunistic observations and photography of three broods of chicks, from black downy hatchlings to fully fledged juveniles, at Forde Creek in 2014-2015. The first feathers were visible on the fourth day. All the down had been replaced with feathers by around the third week, by which time the juveniles were about half the size of the adults. The juvenile Rails took another 3 weeks to fully develop the distinctive juvenile plumage patterning, similar to but duller than in adults, and by this time they were the same size as the adults. Although the rate of plumage development is broadly consistent with the literature, the growth rate was slower than the widely quoted figure of adult size being reached in 3 weeks. Observations over 107 days in summer 2014-autumn 2015 provided an opportunity to observe the behaviour of dependent chicks and adults as the chicks developed into juveniles and gained independence.

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  • Volume 33 Neville Glenn (Glenn) Holmes 21 September 1951 - 18 December
           2015
    • Abstract: Gosper, Dennis
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  • Volume 33 J.N. Hobbs Medal 2016: Citation - A.B. (Tony) Rose
    • Abstract: Fitzsimons, James; Debus, Stephen; Olsen, Jerry
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  • Volume 33 Diet of one wild Western Ground Parrot 'Pezoporus flaviventris'
    • Abstract: Newbey, Brenda
      The aim of this study was to examine the diet of a wild Western Ground Parrot Pezoporus flaviventris, a cryptic and critically endangered species. There has been no previous systematic study of the diet for this species. A wild male Western Ground Parrot was filmed over several days in spring 2006, in the Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia. The bird was recorded feeding, sunbathing, preening and dozing in his natural habitat. Fifty 30-second samples of the video were used to obtain 555 feeding records. The bird's diet at that time was most dependent on flowers (38%), followed by sedge seeds (35%), and a further 20% was comprised of green fruit of dicotyledonous plants. At least 27 plant species were consumed by the individual in this study. The plant species eaten varied considerably within and among 30-second video samples, as well as varying between days. The daily diet is likely to vary to a similar degree to the overall pattern. Other observations, combined with the findings of this study, emphasise the diversity of plant species in the diet of the Western Ground Parrot.

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  • Volume 33 Presence and breeding of the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater in central
           New South Wales
    • Abstract: Rawsthorne, John
      The seasonal presence and breeding of the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis, a nomadic frugivorous bird distributed across inland Australia, are documented and contrasted for three nearby but floristically distinct sites in central New South Wales during the period January 1986-January 2015. Eucalypt blossom at two of the sites (Charcoal Tank and Holy Camp) provided an autumn resource to which the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater responded with influxes, but these sites supported limited breeding of this species, and only in higher-rainfall periods. In contrast, the high density of Grey Mistletoe Amyema quandang parasitising Weeping Myall Acacia pendula at the third study site (Battery Hill) provided a stable resource supporting breeding resident Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters in a lower-rainfall year.

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  • Volume 33 Do Spotted Doves need to forage extensively in food-rich urban
           environments'
    • Abstract: Lill, Alan; Geraldene, Beth
      Many 'urban exploiter' birds have access to much more abundant food resources than their exurban counterparts and so potentially may not have to allocate much time to foraging. Exotic Spotted Doves 'Streptopelia chinensis' in Melbourne, Victoria, spent a mean of only 17% of 'off-nest' daytime in foraging. Factors emerging from this and previous studies that might permit this small proportional time allocation to foraging include: (1) a rapid rate of food acquisition (1 item per second of continuous feeding), (2) energetically inexpensive foraging behaviour, and (3) a negligible level of intra- and interspecific interference competition for food. To some extent, a foraging strategy comprising many, brief, highly productive foraging bouts, and consequently a small daily proportional time allocation to foraging, may also be dictated by Spotted Doves' digestive physiology.

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  • Volume 33 Stranger in the valley: Expansion in the range of the
           Spinycheeked Honeyeater in central eastern New South Wales
    • Abstract: McAllan, Ian AW; Lindsay, Kurtis J
      Evidence is given for a relatively recent eastward movement in the distribution of the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater 'Acanthagenys rufogularis' into the Cudgegong and Hunter River Valleys of central New South Wales. Since the 1980s, this species has colonised 200 km to the east, crossing the Great Dividing Range in the process. It is speculated that this change in distribution may be related to increasing temperatures, particularly minimum temperatures in winter. There have been no adverse interactions noted with other bird species so far, though there is the potential for a negative impact on the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater 'Anthochaera phrygia'.

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  • Volume 33 Grassfinch decline and local extinction of the Crimson Finch
           'Neochmia phaeton' in the Fitzroy River Basin, Queensland
    • Abstract: Houston, Wayne A; Black, Robert L
      Many granivorous birds of northern Australia, including several species of grassfinches (Estrildidae), have suffered substantial range contractions in the last 50-100 years, apparently as a result of changes in cattle grazing and fire-management regimes. The Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton was once widespread in woodlands and savannas of north-eastern Australia, including the extensive Fitzroy River Basin, where it was recorded in all the major subcatchments until the middle of last century. However, surveys in 2006-2008 show that it is now confined to a relatively small area in the north-east of the Basin. A tall river grass, Chionachne Chionachne cyathopoda, is an important component - for food and cover - of its habitat. Complex braiding of river channels, as at the confluence of rivers, is typical of the area where the Finches have persisted, possibly because it increases the availability of water and food, and reduces pressure from cattle grazing during the wet season. A recent local loss of the species was noted in one area where landholders used riparian fencing to maintain greater grazing intensity throughout the year, leading to suppression of Chionachne seeding. Thus, although generally favourable for conservation management, riparian fencing can also be used detrimentally. The loss of one local subpopulation of Finches following changed management practices demonstrates that cattle grazing alone, in the absence of changed fire management, has the capacity to alter habitat suitability for granivorous species

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  • Volume 33 Intraspecific and interspecific aggression among Flame, Scarlet
           and Dusky Robins
    • Abstract: Hui, Tabitha C Y
      Flame 'Petroica phoenicea' and Scarlet Robins 'Petroica boodang' are interspecifically territorial wherever they meet. However, aggressive interactions between Dusky Robins 'Melanodryas vittata' and these two species are rare where they co-occur. Interspecific aggression among co-existing species may be due to competition for resources. In this study at Cloudy Bay, South Bruny Island, Tasmania, in August 2004-February 2005, I examined intraspecific and interspecific territoriality in Flame, Scarlet and Dusky Robins by observing displays of aggression within and between the three species. I also used song-playback experiments to test whether the robins could discriminate between conspecific and congeneric species. Flame and Scarlet Robins responded differentially to playback of each other's song, but did not respond to Dusky Robin calls. Aggression between Flame and Scarlet Robins may be because of competition for horizontal space or resources. Conversely, the lack of aggression between Dusky Robins and these two species may be because of their ability to exploit different resources even when they are in the same area.

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  • Volume 33 The first specimen of a Malayan Night-Heron 'Gorsachius
           melanolophus' from Australia
    • Abstract: Boles, Walter E; Smith, Michael J; Tsang, Leah; Sladek, Jaynia
      An immature male Malayan Night-Heron Gorsachius melanolophus found as road-kill on Christmas Island in 2011 represents the first specimen of this species from Australian territory to be retained (although other individuals have been seen and one was trapped, measured and released). The specimen is now preserved in the bird collection of the Australian Museum.

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  • Volume 33 The breeding cycle of a pair of Brahminy Kites 'Haliastur indus'
           in New South Wales
    • Abstract: Rourke, Jeremy; Debus, SJS
      The breeding cycle of a pair of Brahminy Kites 'Haliastur indus' was observed at Port Macquarie, northern coastal New South Wales, by keeping a diary of events from nest-building to independence of the juvenile, from late winter to summer 2012. Nest-building lasted a month, the incubation period 35 days, the nestling period 52 days, and the post-fledging dependence period 7 weeks. Adult behaviour, sex-roles, and growth and development of the juvenile are described. The observed breeding diet consisted mostly of fish, although freshwater turtle and crab remains were observed accumulated under the pair's feeding tree. Further breeding attempts by the pair in 2013 (one fledgling) and 2014 (two failures) resulted in 0.67 young per year and 0.5 young per attempt over 3 years.

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  • Volume 33 Two records of an Australian Owlet-nightjar 'Aegotheles
           cristatus' roosting in forestry boom-gates in Tasmanian forests
    • Abstract: Wapstra, Mark
      Two observations are presented of the infrequently encountered Tasmanian subspecies of the Australian Owlet-nightjar 'Aegotheles cristatus tasmanicus' roosting in the horizontal tubular bar of forestry boom-gates in Tasmanian forests.

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  • Volume 33 Observations on a breeding pair of Black Falcons 'Falco
           subniger' in southern Victoria
    • Abstract: Whelan, DJ; McRitchie, BW; Pickering, LJ; Debus, SJS
      Successful breeding activity is described for a pair of Black Falcons Falco subniger in southern Victoria (south of 37 degrees S) in 2014 and 2015 (brood of two fledglings in each year), among the few confirmed or recent such records for the region (agricultural land and remnant woodland west of Melbourne). Courtship (supplementary) feeding at the nest, male brooding of downy chicks, growth and development of chicks, and other novel aspects of breeding behaviour and vocalisations are described. One nestling period lasted 40 days, and the post-fledging period at least a month. Prey included birds and small mammals. The fledglings and adults appeared vulnerable to vehicle- and train-strike; a roadkilled specimen is described for the district. The breeding adults were cryptic, suggesting the need for further survey for nests in the region. They were also wary and susceptible to disturbance, indicating a need for caution when approaching and observing active nests at all stages of the breeding cycle.

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  • Volume 33 Kleptoparasitism of Australian Magpie by Australian Ravens
    • Abstract: Krohn, Jack
      This note reports an observation of apparent kleptoparasitism by Australian Ravens 'Corvus coronoides'. Such behaviour has rarely been recorded for Australian Ravens or other Australian corvids.

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  • Volume 33 Field techniques in the study of Australian pigeons and doves
    • Abstract: Peters, Andrew; Raidal, Shane R; Roshier, David A
      Pigeons and doves (Family Columbidae) represent a significant component of Australia's avifauna, possessing unusually diverse phenotypic and behavioural characteristics. The importance of many of them as ecosystem service providers and the emergence of new threats to them in Australia and the region warrant the development of standardised research methods such as effective and humane capture and collection of biological samples. We present here techniques, including novel mist-net set-ups that we trialled for the capture of Australian pigeons and doves. These were successful in 12 out of 14 species in which attempts were made, including the arboreal Brown Cuckoo-Dove 'Macropygia amboinensis', Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove 'Ptilinopus regina' and Torresian Imperial-Pigeon 'Ducula spilorrhoa', as well as both escarpment-dwelling rock-pigeons 'Petrophassa' spp. Methods for the collection of biological samples are also presented.

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  • Volume 33 The significance of Nimalaica Wetland for Brown Honeyeaters in
           the Broome region, Western Australia
    • Abstract: Lewis, Jan
      Nimalaica Wetland, 22 km north of Broome, Western Australia, is listed as a Wetland of National Importance. This study documents the non-waterbird avian community of the Wetland, particularly with regard to seasonality of occurrence and dispersal of passerines from 2000 to 2010. Mist-netting was utilised. Fifty-two per cent of birds caught were Brown Honeyeaters 'Lichmera indistincta', with data strongly indicating that this species was visiting the Wetland between March and August to breed. The presence of a cryptic species - Little Grassbird 'Megalurus gramineus' - not previously recorded in the Broome area was also revealed.

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  • Volume 33 Status of the Endangered Yellow Chat 'Epthianura crocea tunneyi'
           on the western South Alligator River floodplain, Kakadu National Park
    • Abstract: Kyne, Peter M; Jackson, Micha V
      The current status of the Endangered Yellow Chat Alligator Rivers subspecies 'Epthianura crocea tunneyi' is poorly known. A survey of Kakadu National Park floodplains, Northern Territory, in 2004 identified the western floodplain of the South Alligator River as a key population area. To provide preliminary information on the status of the subspecies in Kakadu National Park, this floodplain was intensively surveyed over a 4-day period in September 2014 and compared with the 2004 survey, which was undertaken at a similar time of year (late dry season: October-November). Despite covering considerable areas of floodplain habitat over nearly 40 hours of surveying, Yellow Chats were recorded in only one area in 2014; 27 Yellow Chats from nine observations were recorded over 2 days, with a minimum number of 17 individual birds (16 adult and 1 juvenile) observed. This compared with a total of 65 Yellow Chats from 2 days of surveying in 2004, clustered around five areas of the western floodplain of the South Alligator River. Habitat in 2014 comprised predominantly dry floodplain lagoon, consistent with previous surveys. Feral animals (in particular Feral Pigs Sus scrofa) were regularly observed throughout the surveys, as was significant feral-animal damage to wet floodplain areas. Although these results suggest a possible decline on the western South Alligator River floodplain over a 10-year period, a comprehensive survey is required of all floodplains within the subspecies' range to assess overall population status. This could inform the establishment of annual monitoring sites in order to evaluate long-term population trends, essential data for management of threatened species.

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  • Volume 33 The only known egg of the Night Parrot' A molecular and
           morphometric assessment of an alleged egg from the Tanami Desert
    • Abstract: Olsen, Penny; Austin, Jeremy; Murphy, Steve; Dally, Gavin
      The Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis is a much sought-after, recently 'rediscovered', endangered nocturnal parrot, endemic to arid Central Australia. Very little is known of its ecology, and its eggs have never been formally described. The literature on the eggs of the Night Parrot is collated here, and the provenance of an alleged Night Parrot egg found in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, in 1983 was assessed using DNA analysis and physical characteristics. Anecdotal reports from the late 19th-early 20th Century indicate that the Night Parrot lays a clutch of two to six roundish, white eggs. We suggest that its eggs are probably similar to and slightly larger than those of its congener, the Ground Parrot P. wallicus. The alleged Night Parrot egg was definitively identified by mitochondrial DNA analysis to be from the Brown Quail Synoicus ypsilophorus. This represents the first evidence of breeding by this species in the Tanami Desert, and lays to rest a long-standing misconception regarding the parrot.

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  • Volume 33 Partial loss of migratory behaviour by Torresian
           Imperial-Pigeons 'Ducula spilorrhoa' in Darwin, Northern Territory
    • Abstract: Noske, Richard A; Lilleyman, Amanda
      The Northern Territory population of the Torresian Imperial-Pigeon Ducula spilorrhoa was once considered to be completely migratory, departing for New Guinea in February and returning to breed in August. However, reporting rates from Darwin suggest that since at least the early 1990s a substantial proportion of birds 'over-winter' in the region. We monitored an evening roost-site each month from May 2011 to August 2014, counting birds in 5-minute intervals as they arrived. Mean numbers were highest during the late wet-early dry season transition months (March through May) and lowest during the late dry-early wet season transition period (September through November), although the maximum number (1325 birds) was counted in June 2011, following the wettest wet season on record. These observations confirm that many Torresian Imperial-Pigeons do not migrate to New Guinea after the breeding season, but it is not yet known if any individual birds are long-term residents. It is possible that residency in the early dry season has evolved because of year-round availability of food resources in the urban environment but we were unable to test this hypothesis.

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  • Volume 33 Winter avifauna of Wanjarri Nature Reserve and Lake Mason
           Conservation Park of the Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia
    • Abstract: Bell, David T; Bell, Roma C; Loneragan, William A
      Surveys of the avifauna of Wanjarri Nature Reserve and Lake Mason Conservation Park during late July 2015 recorded 100 species, with 68 at Wanjarri and 90 at Lake Mason. The greater number of species at Lake Mason Conservation Park was attributed to the presence of 19 species of waterbirds associated with the lake. Although nearly equal numbers of terrestrial species were found at both reserves, the frequency of occurrence records from Lake Mason showed significantly greater frequencies for several species, probably because of the greater availability of surface water there. The significantly higher frequencies of Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Chalcites basalis and Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus at Wanjarri Nature Reserve may have been related to the many hairy caterpillars available there as a food resource. Detrended Correspondence Analysis showed that the major assemblages of bird species were associated primarily with vegetation type and secondarily with the geographic separation of the two reserves. Species associated with Mulga Acacia aneura woodlands, spinifex Triodia grasslands and saltbush Atriplex habitats on Wanjarri and Lake Mason were similar to those recorded in other arid-zone habitats of Western Australia. Species associated with Mulga woodlands included Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes, Slaty-backed Acanthiza robustirostris, Chestnut-rumped A uropygialis and Inland Thornbills A. apicalis, Singing Lichenostomus virescens and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters Acanthagenys rufogularis, Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris and Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii. Species associated more often with spinifex grasslands and saltbush habitats were White-winged Malurus leucopterus and Variegated Fairy-wrens M. lamberti, Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen, Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis, and several raptors. Inclusion of these two reserves in the conservation estate of Western Australia is important as they are at the margin of the distribution ranges for several species. Data from our surveys will facilitate future assessment of populations of birds and assist in management decisions regarding future protection of the avifauna in these reserves.

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  • Volume 33 A necrophilic copulation by a Bridled Tern 'Onychoprion
           anaethetus'
    • Abstract: Fulton, Graham R
      A Bridled Tern 'Onychoprion anaethetus' was observed copulating with a deceased conspecific on an offshore island, Penguin Island, in south-western Australia. The copulation lasted for c. 30 seconds, in contrast with the usually 3-10 seconds observed in this species. This unusual copulation may simply be the result of a strong breeding drive present in colonially nesting Bridled Terns.

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  • Volume 33 Maxwell Noel Maddock, 28 September 1928 - 7 July 2016
    • Abstract: Newman, Mike; McDonald, Kevin
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  • Volume 33 Further observations on Black-breasted Buzzards 'Hamirostra
           melanosternon' breeding near Alice Springs, Northern Territory
    • Abstract: Watson, Christopher; Nunn, Peter J; Carter, Mark; Waring, Richard
      Parts of the breeding cycle of a pair of Black-breasted Buzzards Hamirostra melanosternon were observed near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, in 2014 and 2015, when the pair raised a single fledgling in each year. Supplementary information was obtained on pre-laying behaviour, vocalisations, nest defence and chick growth. Our study confirmed allopreening and use of the piping call in the pre-laying phase; male use of the wheezing call; and gender roles in defence at different stages; and highlighted further similarities with the Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura.

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  • Volume 33 First breeding record of Sanford's Sea-Eagle 'Haliaeetus
           sanfordi', a Solomon Islands endemic
    • Abstract: Petersson, Lars
      An active Sanford's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus sanfordi nest is described, including the first documented observation of a fledging date (mid July) for this taxon. From this observation, laying in March and hatching in April are inferred.

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  • Volume 33 New breeding, distribution and prey records for the Pygmy Eagle
           'Hieraeetus weiskei'
    • Abstract: Bishop, David; Diamond, Jared; Hornbuckle, Jonathan; Debus, Stephen
      An active nest of the Pygmy Eagle Hieraaetus weiskei is described, providing the first documented observation of a downy chick in late January and hence an indicative laying date of late November/early December. The first documented record of this species for Waigeo Island (West Papua Province) is presented. A prey item being carried by another Pygmy Eagle is identified as a probable Brown (Slender-billed) Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia amboinensis, and another Pygmy Eagle had fed upon a Mountain Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus bellus.

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  • Volume 33 Identification of a nominate Intermediate Egret 'Ardea
           intermedia intermedia' in south-western Australia
    • Abstract: Cake, Martin A; Graff, John K; Mantle, Daniel
      An adult Intermediate Egret in breeding plumage (pre-alternate moult) observed at Lake Joondalup, Western Australia, in January 2016 was identified as a vagrant of the Asian nominate taxon Ardea intermedia intermedia. Subspecific identification was established from the extent of black on the bill (which increased during the bird's stay at the site, of at least 17 days), and was confirmed independently by its proportionally short and thickly tapering bill, which was found to lie outside the range of Australian A. i. plumifera from an image-based analysis of the bills of each taxon. This is the first documented record of this taxon for Australia.

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  • Volume 33 Albatross [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Hughes, Philip
      Review(s) of: Albatross by Graham Barwell, Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2014. Paperback, 101 illustrations, 51 in colour, 208 pp. RRP AU$27.95.

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  • Volume 33 Notes on the 'Zoothera' thrushes in the Tweed Range of
           northeastern New South Wales
    • Abstract: Leach, Elliot C
      The Zoothera thrush complex is represented on the Australian mainland by the Bassian Thrush Z. lunulata and the Russet-tailed Thrush Z. heinei. These species are sympatric at several locations on the eastern coast. Often, these populations occupy different elevations, with the Bassian Thrush preferring higher elevations, though reasons for this are poorly understood. I present data from automated acoustic recordings made of these species in the Border Ranges and Mebbin National Parks of north-eastern New South Wales between 300 m and 1100 m above sea-level over a 1-year period from June 2015 to May 2016. Bassian Thrushes were recorded most frequently in October, typically at or above 900 m. Russet-tailed Thrushes were recorded most frequently in August, at or below 700 m. Differences in elevational preference between the species may be driven by several factors including adaptation to cold, avoidance of interspecific competition and avoidance of hybridisation.

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  • Volume 33 Moorland Point: Decline of a traditional roost-site for Ruddy
           Turnstone 'Arenaria interpres', Pacific Golden Plover 'Pluvialis fulva'
           and other shorebirds in northern Tasmania
    • Abstract: Britton, Hazel A; Hunter, James F
      The Moorland Point area has been an important high-tide roost for certain migratory shorebird species on the central-north coast of Tasmania, where shorebirds are generally scarce. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres and Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva roost on a small rocky headland and adjacent piles of seaweed along with up to three Grey-tailed Tattlers Tringa brevipes (all mainly in summer), and Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus roost above the high-tide mark 250 m to the east (mainly February-early August). More than 300 counts of shorebirds have been made at this site from 1985 to 2014. All these species have declined in recent years. Ruddy Turnstone, Pacific Golden Plover and Grey-tailed Tattler may have been affected by factors elsewhere in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, but local disturbance is also implicated and needs further management in addition to the recent initiative to block vehicles from the beach. The situation highlights some of the problems in conserving shorebird species that favour scattered small sites and may escape the attention given to sites supporting large numbers of more social shorebirds.

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  • Volume 33 First specimens of free-flying Canada Geese 'Branta canadensis'
           from Australia
    • Abstract: Boles, Walter E; Tsang, Leah R; Sladek, Jaynia
      The Canada Goose Branta canadensis occurs in a feral state in New Zealand and rarely strays to Australia. There are two mainland records for Australia. The second of these pertains to four birds that were first observed on the south coast of New South Wales (NSW) in late 2007 before eventually being culled at Killalea State Park, NSW, in early March 2008. These specimens, three females and a male, the first from Australia, were incorporated into the collection of the Australian Museum. They are considered to have been free-flying adults of the subspecies B. c. maxima, that which occurs in New Zealand, from where they are assumed to have originated. The destruction of these Geese was consistent with guidelines for dealing with any appearance of this invasive species in Australia.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Responses of brooding Australasian Grebes 'Tachybaptus
           novaehollandiae' to other waterbirds
    • Abstract: Mo, Matthew; Waterhouse, David R
      A breeding pair of Australasian Grebes 'Tachybaptus novaehollandiae' was monitored nearly daily between November 2010 and March 2011. This paper describes the responses of the adults to other waterbirds that came within 5 m of their brood, either provoked or unprovoked. Brood loss was rapid, with only one of five chicks surviving more than 3 weeks. Nine instances of brood-defence were recorded, mostly in the first 2 weeks after hatching, as well as one observation of a chick defending itself. The Dusky Moorhen 'Gallinula tenebrosa' was the main species that prompted reactions from the adult Grebes. A Moorhen was seen trying to prey on Grebe chicks on one or probably two occasions, the first time this has been reported. A Purple Swamphen 'Porphyrio porphyrio' was also attacked by the Grebes, and is a likely potential predator of grebe chicks. Ducks and cormorants were attacked or tolerated on different occasions.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Observations of penguins and other pelagic bird
           species in the Balleny Islands, Antarctica
    • Abstract: Tidemann, Sonia C; Walleyn, Adam; Ryan, John F
      On 27-28 February 2014, at the Balleny Islands in Antarctica, penguins on two islands were observed by close approach via zodiac craft, and counts of all pelagic bird species were made from a passing ship. Most penguins on Sabrina Island and Chinstrap Islet were Adelie Penguins Pygoscelis adeliae. Percentage of Chinstrap Penguins P. antarcticus to Adelie Penguins was 7.3 on Sabrina Island and 10.7 on Chinstrap Islet. Four species - Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida, White-headed Petrel Pterodroma lessonii, Mottled Petrel P. inexpectata, and King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus - were recorded for the Balleny Islands for the first time.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - J. N. Hobbs Medal 2015: Citation - Lynn Pedler
    • Abstract: Paton, David; Copley, Peter; Garnett, Stephen; Joseph, Leo
      Few people alive have even one bird named after them. Lynn Pedler has two - the Flinders Ranges Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Calamanthus pyrrhopygia pedleri and the Gawler Ranges Short-tailed Grasswren Amytornis merrotsyi pedleri. The names recognise Lynn's extraordinary field skills in recognising their uniqueness.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Exploring possible functions of vocalisations in the
           Torresian Crow 'Corvus orru'
    • Abstract: McCaig, Timothy; Brown, Matthew; Jones, Darryl N
      The vocal behaviour of the Corvidae (crows and ravens) is known to be complex and extremely diverse, although detailed studies of vocalisations within the family have been limited to only a few species. This study describes a pilot investigation into the potential functions of the vocalisations of Torresian Crows 'Corvus orru' in suburban Brisbane, Queensland, using playback to experimentally assess whether the apparent function of four calls determined during an earlier study were appropriate. These calls had been given the generalised function of contact, mobbing alarm, flee, and juvenile begging. Ten trials (using different recordings of each call type) were broadcast to target groups of wild Crows and the proportion of Crows reacting as predicted was determined. We found that the purported function of three of the calls (contact, flee and begging calls) had been appropriately described, with a clear majority of the audience birds responding as predicted. Playback of the mobbing alarm call, however, resulted in no birds responding as predicted, indicating that the inferred function had been incorrectly attributed. The results gained from this study can be used to investigate further details of the possible function of vocalisations of the many other calls within the Torresian Crow communication system.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Male combat in the powerful Owl 'Ninox strenua'
    • Abstract: Mo, Matthew; Hayler, Peter; Hayler, Antonia
      This paper describes an account of combat between two Powerful Owls 'Ninox strenua' in the St George area, Sydney, NSW. The breeding pair of this territory had been followed as part of a monitoring program since July 2012. Daily photographic records from February to May 2014 provided recognition of individual birds by observing their distinctive chest patterns. Two possible interpretations of the incident were generated. Based on the identity of the aggressor and a male changeover in the territory, the combat incident was believed to be a contest between rival males.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Nankeen Kestrel preys upon Western Bearded Dragon
    • Abstract: Fulton, Graham R
      A Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides was observed eating an apparently freshly killed Western Bearded Dragon Pogona minor at a beach in south-western Australia. The Kestrel twice flew low over the landscape for 25 m, carrying the slain dragon. The mass of the dragon (43 g) was calculated as 26% of the Kestrel's mass (164 g). Kestrels taking, and carrying, lizard prey of this size may be uncommon.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - First record of the Green Pygmy-goose 'Nettapus
           pulchellus' for Sumbawa, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia
    • Abstract: Amin, Saleh; Suana, IWayan; Iqbal, Muhammad
      The Green Pygmy-goose 'Nettapus pulchellus' is a rare visitor from Australia to eastern Indonesia. On 31 July 2014, a Green Pygmy-goose was recorded at Lake Taliwang, Sumbawa, Indonesia. This is the first record for Sumbawa, and possibly the westernmost record for this species.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Notes for contributors
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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Index of bird species: Scientific names
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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Index of bird species: Common names
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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Index of authors
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  • Volume 32 Issue 4 - Index of articles
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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Changes in the bird community in the Pilliga Forests,
           New South Wales, between 1918 and 2004
    • Abstract: Cleland, ED
      In October 2004, a traverse through the Pilliga State Forests (the Pilliga Scrub) was undertaken and sixteen 2-ha area searches for birds were conducted periodically along the approximate route traversed in October 1918 by Dr J.B. Cleland, who also recorded birds. The 2-ha survey bird lists were combined into one list, which is compared with the list and counts published by Dr Cleland. The two lists are snapshots of the Pilliga Scrub bird communities of their day; the species in each list are broadly similar, but with different relative abundances. The bird community has changed, reflecting changes in the vegetation as land use has changed from pastoral to less disruptive forestry and conservation. The 1918 bird community is similar in structure to those found in fragmented remnant woodland of the Southern Brigalow Belt today, and the 2004 bird community is similar to those of continuous, less disturbed Southern Brigalow Belt vegetation.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Additional records of Christmas Frigatebird 'Fregata
           andrewsi' in the Northern Territory, Australia
    • Abstract: McMaster, Damien; Rayner, Thomas S; McMaster, Cassie A
      The Christmas Frigatebird 'Fregata andrewsi' is the rarest of five species in the family Fregatidae and is known to breed only on Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. The number of breeding pairs has declined dramatically over the past 100 years and the species is considered Critically Endangered. Although non-breeding Christmas Frigatebirds range widely throughout south-eastern Asia and the Indian Ocean, there are only two previously confirmed records from mainland Australia. Here we document the occurrence of an adult female Christmas Frigatebird from the Darwin coastline, Northern Territory, on 6 February 2014. Additionally, we document the occurrence of a likely first-year Christmas Frigatebird along the same stretch of coastline on 15 March 2014. We suggest that cyclonic activity and a strong monsoonal trough may have resulted in the arrival of these individuals to mainland Australia.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Thank you, Stephen Debus
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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - D. L. Serventy Medal 2015: Citation - Stephen J. S.
           Debus
    • Abstract: Fitzsimons, James; Lill, Alan; Ford, Hugh
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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Observations of the killing of large macropods by
           Wedge-tailed Eagles 'Aquila audax'
    • Abstract: Fuentes, Esteban; Olsen, Jerry
      During a long-term study on the breeding ecology of a raptor guild in the Australian Southern Tablelands of the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, on two occasions we observed a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles 'Aquila audax' killing male Eastern Grey Kangaroos 'Macropus giganteus'. We also observed two attacks on an adult female kangaroo: one inconclusive, and one that resulted in the Eagle killing a young kangaroo expelled from the female's pouch. These observations shed some light on the way that Eagles use this food resource.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Eastern Grass Owls roosting in a wheat crop in inland
           New South Wales
    • Abstract: Dahlem, Michael
      This note details two roosting Eastern Grass Owls 'Tyto longimembris' flushed from a wheat crop by a combine harvester near Bellata in the Brigalow Belt South bioregion (northern inland plains) of New South Wales, in October-November 2013. Despite the observer searching on foot in a remnant of unharvested crop 9 x 500 m, a Grass Owl, known to be within the crop, evaded detection by walking, until flushed by the harvester. The flushed Owls retreated to a nearby dry gully vegetated with tall ground-cover. No nest and no owlets were found in the crop. The farmer considered that Grass Owls have occurred in his corn, sorghum and wheat crops over decades, although they appear to be absent in winter, after crops have been harvested. Crops may provide food (rodents) and roost-sites for the Owls, and/or may substitute for lost natural wetland habitats in the region. Further investigation of the Grass Owl's occurence in the sheep-wheat belt is warranted.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Development of independence in Powerful Owl 'Ninox
           strenua' fledglings in suburban Sydney
    • Abstract: Mo, Matthew; Waterhouse, David R
      This paper extends previous observations of behavioural development in Powerful Owl 'Ninox strenua' fledglings. The study combines a near-daily visual monitoring program on a pair of owlets in Oatley, suburban Sydney, New South Wales, with corresponding pellet analysis. The fledglings were initially fed on possums, fruit-bats, birds and insects, and first demonstrated independence by disassembling carcasses by themselves. By October, they apparently mimicked the adults' strategy for capturing insects, and began to chase birds and bats. Behaviours thought to be part of honing their hunting skills - including tearing and ferrying strips of bark, foliage-snatching, and swooping at animals on the ground - were recorded. Such actions intensified during a period when the adults were mostly absent in November and December.

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  • Volume 32 Issue 3 - Notes for contributors
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  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - A new look, new platform and new era for 'Australian
           Field Ornithology' from 2016
    • Abstract: Fitzsimons, James
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  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - Ravens are a key threat to beach-nesting birds
    • Abstract: Rees, James D; Webb, Jonathan K; Crowther, Mathew S; Letnic, Mike
      Depredation of nests by native and introduced predators is contributing to the decline of beach-nesting shorebirds in many parts of Australia. Determining the relative importance of these predators is crucial for designing and implementing appropriate management strategies for shorebird conservation. We deployed and monitored 82 artificial Red-capped Plover 'Charadrius ruficapillus' nests, on six beaches within a 140-km stretch of the New South Wales Lower North Coast, to identify the main predators of beach-nesting shorebird nests and their relative importance. After 18 days, 53 (63%) artificial nests were depredated. Australian Ravens 'Corvus coronoides' and Forest Ravens 'C. tasmanicus' were the chief nest-predators, and were responsible for depredating 40 (49%) nests collectively. Comparatively few nests were depredated by European Red Foxes 'Vulpes vulpes', which depredated 8 (10%) nests. The rate of depredation (nests depredated/2 days) by ravens was greater than the rate of depredation by foxes (P
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  • Volume 32 Issue 2 - More on the Square-tailed Kite as Australia's
           honey-buzzard
    • Abstract: Optland, Wanda
      This note provides a further example, with photographic evidence, of a Square-tailed Kite 'Lophoictinia isura' taking the nest of paper-wasps 'Polistes' sp. and extracting and eating the larvae.

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