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Environmental relationships of orange-footed scrubfowl Megapodius reinwardt nests in the Northern Territory

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Bowman, DMJS and Woinarski, JCZ and Russell-Smith, J, Environmental relationships of orange-footed scrubfowl Megapodius reinwardt nests in the Northern Territory, Emu, 94 pp. 181-185. ISSN 0158-4197 (1994) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/mu9940181

Abstract

The occurrence of Orange-footed Scrubfowl nests within monsoon rainforest patches was recorded during a comprehensive survey of this vegetation type in the Northern Territory. The occurrence of active and extinct nests in nearby surrounding habitats was also noted. Of the 1223 rainforest patches sampled, 25% contained scrubfowl nests. No active nests were recorded in savanna habitats. Nests typically occur in large (mean = 64 ha) coastal monsoon rainforests on siliceous substrates. The occurrence of extinct nests in savanna surrounding rainforest patches that contained active nests was infrequent (7% of the sample) but may indicate a contraction of the habitat of Orangefooted Scrubfowl in the Northern Territory. Localised extinction of Scrubfowl populations may have occurred at two rainforest patches which did not contain nests but had extinct nests in the surrounding savanna. The cause of this apparent habitat contraction remains unclear.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary Biology
Research Field:Biogeography and Phylogeography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:69153
Year Published:1994
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-04-19
Last Modified:2011-10-03
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