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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 27 August 2015
Livestock grazing affects habitat quality and persistence of the threatened Purple-crowned Fairy-wren Malurus coronatus in the Victoria River District, Northern Territory, Australia 
A. van Doorn, J. C. Z. Woinarski and P. A. Werner
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Published online 11 August 2015
Male sex-ratio bias in the endangered South Australian Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus 
Joannah Lee, Lynn Pedler, Stephen D. Sarre, James Robertson and Leo Joseph
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Published online 11 August 2015
Improving population estimates of Glossy Black-Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) using photo-identification 
Elizabeth R. Williams and Bruce Thomson
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Published online 04 August 2015
Stability and change through time in the dialects of a Neotropical songbird, the Rufous-collared Sparrow 
Natalia C. García, Ramiro S. Arrieta, Cecilia Kopuchian and Pablo L. Tubaro
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Published online 27 July 2015
The influence of nest-site choice and predator sensory cues on nesting success in the Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) 
Rebekah Soanes, Anne Peters, Kaspar Delhey and J. Sean Doody
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Published online 26 May 2015
Foraging behaviour of a declining population of Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) breeding in the Swain Reefs, Great Barrier Reef 
Ashley Bunce
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The size and composition of social groups in the wild zebra finch 
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Luke S. C. McCowan , Mylene M. Mariette and Simon C. Griffith
pp. 191-198

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The effects of land-use change on the endemic avifauna of Makira, Solomon Islands: endemics avoid monoculture 
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Tammy E. Davies , Rohan H. Clarke , John G. Ewen , Ioan R. A. Fazey , Nathalie Pettorelli and Will Cresswell
pp. 199-213

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Breeding success, mate-fidelity and nest-site fidelity in Red-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean 
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Julia Sommerfeld , Tony Stokes and G. Barry Baker
pp. 214-222

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The subspecies of Antarctic Terns (Sterna vittata) wintering on the South African coast: evidence from morphology, genetics and stable isotopes 
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Maëlle Connan , Peter R. Teske , Anthony J. Tree , Philip A. Whittington and Christopher D. McQuaid
pp. 223-236
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Combining a geographic information system, known dietary, foraging and habitat preferences, and stable isotope analysis to infer the diet of Magellanic Penguins in their austral distribution 
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Javier Ciancio , Florencia Botto and Esteban Frere
pp. 237-246
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How does nest box temperature affect nestling growth rate and breeding success in a parrot? 
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Eliza R. Larson , Justin R. Eastwood , Katherine L. Buchanan , Andrew T. D. Bennett and Mathew L. Berg
pp. 247-255

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Barn Swallows keep expanding their breeding range in South America 
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Juan Manuel Grande , Miguel A. Santillán , Paula M. Orozco , María Soledad Liébana , Marcos Matías Reyes , Maximiliano Adrián Galmes and Joaquín Ceregheti
pp. 256-260
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Exploring food preferences and the limits of feeding flexibility of seed-eating desert birds 
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Sergio R. Camín , Víctor R. Cueto , Javier Lopez de Casenave and Luis Marone
pp. 261-269

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Responses of birds to planting of Lotus tenuis pasture in the Flooding Pampas, Argentina 
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Manuel Agra , David Bilenca and Mariano Codesido
pp. 270-276
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What the direction of matings can tell us of hybridisation mechanisms in ducks 
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Patrick-Jean Guay , Lucinda Monie , Randall W. Robinson and Wouter F. D. van Dongen
pp. 277-280
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D. L. Serventy Medal 2015: Citation – Stephen J. S. Debus 
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James Fitzsimons , Alan Lill and Hugh Ford
pp. 281-281

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Obituary: William Thomas Cooper, 6 April 1934–10 May 2015 
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Penny Olsen
pp. 282-284

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Book review 
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pp. 285-286
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Corrigendum to: The Common Myna (Sturnus tristis) in urban, rural and semi-rural areas in Greater Sydney and its surrounds  
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Julie M. Old , Ricky-John Spencer and Jack Wolfenden
pp. 287-287
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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.

    MU15052  Accepted 06 August 2015
    Conservation status and reintroduction of the Cocos Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi
    John Woinarski, Ismail MacRae, Trish Flores, Tanya Detto, Julian Reid, Caitlyn Pink, Samantha Flakus, Mike Misso, Neil Hamilton, Russell Palmer, Keith Morris, Liz Znidersic, Brydie Hill

    MU15008  Accepted 04 August 2015
    Winter breeding of a subtropical rainforest passerine: spatio-temporal distribution of prey and the sex-related foraging behaviour of the Southern Logrunner, Orthonyx temminckii
    Christine Goosem, David Booth, Gimme Walter

    MU15049  Accepted 30 July 2015
    The Greater rhea-human conflict in agricultural landscapes: implications for conservation of the last large herbivore of the southern Pampas
    Julieta Pedrana, Lucía Bernad, Néstor Maceira, Juan Isacch

    MU15031  Accepted 24 July 2015
    Dietary relationships among Nearctic and Neotropical migratory shorebirds in a key coastal wetland of South America
    Natalia Martínez-Curci, Adrián Azpiroz, Juan Isacch, Rodolfo Elías

    MU15018  Accepted 04 June 2015
    Rise (and demise?) of subspecies in the Galah Eolophus roseicapilla, a widespread and abundant Australian cockatoo
    Daniel Engelhard, Leo Joseph, Alicia Toon, Lynn Pedler, Thomas Wilke


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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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

Jim Hone

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. Published 5 May 2015
The species and functional diversity of birds in almond orchards, apple orchards, vineyards and eucalypt woodlots

Gary W. Luck, Kelly Hunt and Andrew Carter

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

Benjamin G. Freeman and Nicholas A. Mason

12. 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

13. Published 5 May 2015
Can Australian bush birds be used as canaries? Detection of pervasive environmental impacts at an arid Australian mine site

John L. Read, Benjamin Parkhurst and Steven Delean

14. 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

15. 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

16. Published 5 May 2015
Distinctiveness of Pacific Robin subspecies in Vanuatu revealed from disparate patterns of sexual dichromatism, plumage colouration, morphometrics and ancient DNA

Anna M. Kearns, Lauren C. White, Jeremy J. Austin and Kevin E. Omland

17. 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

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

Myron C. Baker

19. Published 10 February 2015
Study of seed dispersal by Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in the Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forests of south-western Australia through satellite telemetry

Andrew P. Nield, Neal J. Enright and Philip G. Ladd

20. Published 13 November 2014
High frequency but low impact of brood parasitism by the specialist Screaming Cowbird on its primary host, the Baywing

María C. De Mársico and Juan C. Reboreda

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