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Emu - Austral Ornithology is the premier journal for ornithological research and reviews related to the Southern Hemisphere and adjacent tropics. More

Editor: Kate Buchanan


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Published online 11 March 2015
What the direction of matings can tell us of hybridisation mechanisms in ducks 
Patrick-Jean Guay, Lucinda Monie, Randall W. Robinson and Wouter F. D. van Dongen
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Published online 02 March 2015
Migration routes and non-breeding areas of Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) from the Azores 
Matt Cormons, Esteban Bremer, Gabriel Castresana, Pedro Lima, Severino M. Azevedo Junior and Richard A. Phillips
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Published online 02 March 2015
Optimising translocation efforts of Mottled Petrels (Pterodroma inexpectata): growth, provisioning, meal size and the efficacy of an artificial diet for chicks 
Rachael L. Sagar, Antje Leseberg, Ken Hunt, Kahori Nakagawa, Brendon Dunphy and Matt J. Rayner
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Published online 17 February 2015
One method does not suit all: variable settlement responses of three procellariid species to vocalisation playbacks 
Rachel T. Buxton, Christopher J. Jones, Henrik Moller and Philip O'B. Lyver
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Published online 03 February 2015
Effects of predation by introduced mammals and mortality due to severe floods on population viability of the endangered Blue Duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) 
Craig Simpkins, George L. W. Perry, Andrew Glaser, Tim Allerby and Todd E. Dennis
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Volume 115 Number 1 2015

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A quantum leap in avian biology 
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Leo Joseph and Katherine L. Buchanan
pp. 1-5

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The frequency of ingested plastic debris and its effects on body condition of Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) pre-fledging chicks in Tasmania, Australia 
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Hannah R. Cousin , Heidi J. Auman , Rachael Alderman and Patti Virtue
pp. 6-11

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Avian responses to varying intensity of cattle production in Spartina densiflora saltmarshes of south-eastern South America 
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Daniel Augusto Cardoni , Juan Pablo Isacch and Oscar Iribarne
pp. 12-19

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Variation in productivity of Grey-faced Petrels (Pterodroma gouldi) with local burrow density and breeding island 
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Christopher J. Jones , Philip O’B. Lyver , Catriona J. Macleod , Amy L. Whitehead and Guy J. Forrester
pp. 20-28

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Study of seed dispersal by Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in the Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forests of south-western Australia through satellite telemetry 
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Andrew P. Nield , Neal J. Enright and Philip G. Ladd
pp. 29-34

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Evolutionary history of birds across southern Australia: structure, history and taxonomic implications of mitochondrial DNA diversity in an ecologically diverse suite of species 
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Gaynor Dolman and Leo Joseph
pp. 35-48

The use of DNA sequences to read the footprint of evolution has grown explosively in the last 25 years. In this paper, DNA sequences are used to understand how the present-day genetic diversity of bird species in southern Australia has been shaped by both environmental forces and the ecology of the birds themselves. While affirming expectations that species of wetter habitats were isolated between eastern and western Australia much earlier than species of drier habitats, we also see how species that move widely in search of food have less genetic structure than more sedentary species. In addition, this paper also argues the need for changes to how we classify some birds. We are suggesting that some birds considered as one species until now need to be recognised as two species. In other cases, we can pinpoint where more work is needed before such a decision can be made.

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The importance of winter-flowering Aloe ferox for specialist and generalist nectar-feeding birds 
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Timothy R. Kuiper , Diane L. Smith , Milena H. L. Wolmarans , Sara S. Jones , Ross W. Forbes , Patrick E. Hulley and Adrian J. F. K. Craig
pp. 49-57
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Molecular analysis suggests the occurrence of Shy Albatross in the south-western Atlantic Ocean and its by-catch in longline fishing 
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Sebastián Jiménez , Alejandro Marquez , Martin Abreu , Rodrigo Forselledo , Alfredo Pereira and Andrés Domingo
pp. 58-62
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Variation in innate immune function during incubation, chick-rearing and moult in Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) 
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Jessica K. Evans , Peter Dann and Theresa Frankel
pp. 63-71
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Nest-spacing, not human presence, influences the breeding of Chimango Caracaras (Milvago chimango) in a peri-urban reserve 
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Claudina Solaro and José Hernán Sarasola
pp. 72-75

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Biparental nest-attendance in Chilean Swallows (Tachycineta meyeni) breeding in Ushuaia, Argentina 
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Emilie A. Ospina , Caren B. Cooper , Marcela Liljesthröm , Daniel R. Ardia and David W. Winkler
pp. 76-79
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Relationship between pest birds and landscape elements in the Pampas of central Argentina 
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Mariano Codesido , Emmanuel Zufiaurre and David Bilenca
pp. 80-84

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Book reviews 
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pp. 85-87
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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    MU14090  Accepted 06 March 2015
    Exploring food preferences and the limits of feeding flexibility of seed-eating desert birds
    Luis Marone, Sergio Camín, Víctor Cueto, Javier Lopez de Casenave

    MU14075  Accepted 06 March 2015
    Bird responses to Lotus tenuis implantation in the Flooding Pampas, Argentina.
    Manuel Agra, David Bilenca, Mariano Codesido

    MU14081  Accepted 06 March 2015
    How does nest box temperature affect nestling growth rate and breeding success in a parrot?
    Eliza Larson, Justin Eastwood, Kate Buchanan, Andy Bennett, Mathew Berg

    MU14097  Accepted 27 February 2015
    Barn Swallows keep expanding their breeding range in South America
    Juan Manuel Grande, Miguel Santillán, Paula Orozco, María Liébana, Marcos Reyes, Maximiliano Galmes, Joaquín Ceregheti

    MU14069  Accepted 03 February 2015
    Can Australian bush birds be used as canaries? Detection of pervasive environmental impacts at an arid Australian minesite
    John Read, Ben Parkhurst, Steves Delean

    MU14089  Accepted 24 January 2015
    Subspecies assessment of Antarctic Terns, Sterna vittata, overwintering on the South African coast: evidence from morphology, genetics and stable isotopes
    Maëlle Connan, Peter Teske, Anthony Tree, Philip Whittington, Christopher McQuaid

    MU14059  Accepted 24 January 2015
    The size and composition of social groups in the wild zebra finch
    Luke McCowan, Mylene Mariette, Simon Griffith

    MU14084  Accepted 11 January 2015
    A coraciiform-like bird quadrate from the Early Eocene Tingamarra local fauna of Queensland, Australia
    Andrzej Elzanowski, Walter Boles

    MU14068  Accepted 18 December 2014
    First report of a feather loss condition of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on Ross Island, Antarctica, and a preliminary investigation into its cause
    Wray Grimaldi, Richard Hall, Daniel White, Jing Wang, Melanie Massaro, Daniel Tompkins

    MU14076  Accepted 15 December 2014
    Distinctiveness of Pacific Robin subspecies in Vanuatu revealed from disparate patterns of sexual dichromatism, plumage colour, morphometrics and ancient DNA
    Anna Kearns, Lauren White, Jeremy Austin, Kevin Omland

    MU14022  Accepted 15 December 2014
    The species and functional diversity of birds in almond orchards, apple orchards, vineyards and eucalypt woodlots.
    Gary Luck, Kelly Hunt, Andrew Carter

    MU14016  Accepted 15 December 2014
    Breeding success, mate and nest fidelity in the Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)
    Julia Sommerfeld, Tony Stokes, Barry Baker

    MU14030  Accepted 23 October 2014
    Response of the endemic Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca obscura) to grazing exclusion in herbivore-dependent upland grasslands
    Laura Bellis, Nadia Muriel

    MU14066  Accepted 08 October 2014
    Configuration and geometry of sap holes drilled by the White-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cactorum): effects of tree structure, sap traits and plant health
    Maria Núñez Montellano, Pedro Blendinger

    MU14037  Accepted 18 September 2014
    Foraging behaviour of a declining population of Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) breeding in the Swain Reefs, Great Barrier Reef
    Ashley Bunce

    MU14032  Accepted 31 July 2014
    Combining a geographic information system, dietary and habitat preferences, and stable isotope analysis to infer Magellanic Penguin diet in their austral distribution
    Javier Ciancio, Florencia Botto, Esteban Frere


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1. Published 9 May 2014
Relative brain size in Australian birds

Donald C. Franklin, Stephen T. Garnett, Gary W. Luck, Cristian Gutierrez-Ibanez and Andrew N. Iwaniuk

2. Published 13 November 2014
Distribution of tree-hollows and hollow preferences by parrots in an urban landscape

Adrian Davis, Richard. E. Major and Charlotte. E. Taylor

3. Published 8 August 2014
Estimating wildlife population trends: the case of the Helmeted Honeyeater

Jim Hone

4. Published 8 August 2014
The Common Myna (Sturnus tristis) in urban, rural and semi-rural areas in Greater Sydney and its surrounds

Julie M. Old, Ricky-John Spencer and Jack Wolfenden

5. Published 10 February 2015
Evolutionary history of birds across southern Australia: structure, history and taxonomic implications of mitochondrial DNA diversity in an ecologically diverse suite of species

Gaynor Dolman and Leo Joseph

6. Published 9 May 2014
Nest-site use by an introduced parrot in New Zealand

Josie A. Galbraith, Mick N. Clout and Mark E. Hauber

7. Published 8 August 2014
The significance of northern-central Bass Strait in south-eastern Australia as habitat for burrowing seabirds

Nicole Schumann, Peter Dann and John P. Y. Arnould

8. Published 9 May 2014
The breeding and foraging ecology and abundance of the Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) during a population irruption

Chris R. Pavey, Catherine E. M. Nano, Jeff R. Cole, Peter J. McDonald, Peter Nunn, Andrew Silcocks and Rohan H. Clarke

9. Published 13 November 2014
Trans-equatorial migration of Short-tailed Shearwaters revealed by geolocators

Mark J. Carey, Richard A. Phillips, Janet R. D. Silk and Scott A. Shaffer

10. Published 8 August 2014
The vocal repertoire of the cooperatively breeding Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)

Miyako H. Warrington, Paul G. McDonald, Aliza K. Sager and Simon C. Griffith

11. Published 8 August 2014
Genetic panmixia in New Zealand's Grey-faced Petrel: implications for conservation and restoration

Hayley A. Lawrence, Phil O'B. Lyver and Dianne M. Gleeson

12. Published 9 May 2014
The vocalisations and species status of the White-lined and Kimberley Honeyeaters

Eliot T. Miller and Sarah K. Wagner

13. Published 13 November 2014
New Guinean passerines have globally small clutch-sizes

Benjamin G. Freeman and Nicholas A. Mason

14. Published 10 February 2015
The frequency of ingested plastic debris and its effects on body condition of Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) pre-fledging chicks in Tasmania, Australia

Hannah R. Cousin, Heidi J. Auman, Rachael Alderman and Patti Virtue

15. Published 8 August 2014
The global trade in native Australian parrots through Singapore between 2005 and 2011: a summary of trends and dynamics

Bing Wen Low

16. Published 13 November 2014
Pelagic distribution of Gould’s Petrel (Pterodroma leucoptera): linking shipboard and onshore observations with remote-tracking data

David Priddel, Nicholas Carlile, Dean Portelli, Yuna Kim, Lisa O'Neill, Vincent Bretagnolle, Lisa T. Ballance, Richard A. Phillips, Robert L. Pitman and Matt J. Rayner

17. Published 13 November 2014
Selection of trees for sap-foraging by a native New Zealand parrot, the Kaka (Nestor meridionalis), in an urban landscape

Kerry E. Charles and Wayne L. Linklater

18. Published 8 August 2014
No evidence of a founder effect in Rainbow Lorikeet vocalisations following a population bottleneck

Myron C. Baker

19. Published 8 August 2014
Preliminary surveillance for beak and feather disease virus in wild parrots of New Caledonia: implications of a reservoir species for Ouvea Parakeets

Bethany Jackson, Almudena Lorenzo, Jörn Theuerkauf, Antoine Barnaud, Thomas Duval, Philippe Guichard, Henri Bloc, Anna Baouma, Daisy Stainton, Simona Kraberger, Steve Murphy, Natalie Clark, Chelsea Dillon, Thomas Knight and Arvind Varsani

20. Published 8 August 2014
Breeding experience and foraging behaviour of Imperial Shags (Leucocarbo atriceps) in Argentina

Sabrina Harris, Andrea Raya Rey and Flavio Quintana

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