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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 17 November 2015
Using playback and habitat models to estimate the distribution and population size of the critically endangered Crow Honeyeater (Gymnomyza aubryana) in New Caledonia 
Yuji Okahisa, Andrew Legault, Baptiste Angin, Vivien Chartendrault, Nicolas Barré, Christophe de Franceschi, Thomas Duval, François Tron, Roman Gula and Jörn Theuerkauf
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Published online 05 November 2015
Temporal patterns of migratory shorebird communities at a stop-over site along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway 
Qianyan Zhou, Wenjie Xue, Kun Tan, Qiang Ma, Xin Jin, Wei Wu, Chendong Tang and Zhijun Ma
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Published online 26 October 2015
Anthropogenic trauma is the most prevalent cause of mortality in Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) in Perth, Western Australia 
B. L. Cannell, K. Campbell, L. Fitzgerald, J. A. Lewis, I. J. Baran and N. S. Stephens
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Published online 26 October 2015
Breeding success of a subtropical Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis) colony 
Jason B. Searle, J. Blair Prince, David Stewart and Penn Lloyd
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Published online 26 October 2015
Long incubation bouts and biparental incubation in the nomadic Banded Stilt 
Reece D. Pedler, Michael A. Weston and Andrew T. D. Bennett
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Published online 20 October 2015
Evidence of an unreported negative effect of fisheries discards on seabirds: death by choking on the Atlantic Midshipman (Porichthys porosissimus) in southern Brazil 
Victória R. F. Benemann, Lucas Krüger, Fernanda C. L. Valls and Maria V. Petry
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Published online 05 October 2015
Forensic genetic evidence of beak and feather disease virus infection in a Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) 
Subir Sarker, Chris Lloyd, Jade Forwood and Shane R. Raidal
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Published online 08 September 2015
Conservation status and reintroduction of the Cocos Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi) 
J. C. Z. Woinarski, I. MacRae, T. Flores, T. Detto, J. Reid, C. Pink, S. Flakus, M. Misso, N. Hamilton, R. Palmer, K. Morris, L. Znidersic and B. Hill
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Rise (and demise?) of subspecies in the Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), a widespread and abundant Australian cockatoo 
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Daniel Engelhard , Leo Joseph , Alicia Toon , Lynn Pedler and Thomas Wilke
pp. 289-301
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Livestock grazing affects habitat quality and persistence of the threatened Purple-crowned Fairy-wren Malurus coronatus in the Victoria River District, Northern Territory, Australia 
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A. van Doorn , J. C. Z. Woinarski and P. A. Werner
pp. 302-308

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Stability and change through time in the dialects of a Neotropical songbird, the Rufous-collared Sparrow 
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Natalia C. García , Ramiro S. Arrieta , Cecilia Kopuchian and Pablo L. Tubaro
pp. 309-316

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The influence of nest-site choice and predator sensory cues on nesting success in the Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) 
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Rebekah Soanes , Anne Peters , Kaspar Delhey and J. Sean Doody
pp. 317-325
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Dietary relationships among Nearctic and Neotropical migratory shorebirds in a key coastal wetland of South America 
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Natalia S. Martínez-Curci , Adrián B. Azpiroz , Juan P. Isacch and Rodolfo Elías
pp. 326-334

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Conflict between the Greater Rhea and humans in agricultural landscapes: implications for conservation of the last large herbivore of the southern Pampas 
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J. Pedrana , L. Bernad , N. O. Maceira and J. P. Isacch
pp. 335-344

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Winter breeding of a subtropical rainforest passerine: spatio-temporal distribution of prey and the sex-related foraging behaviour of the Southern Logrunner, Orthonyx temminckii 
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Christine H. Goosem , David T. Booth and Gimme H. Walter
pp. 345-355

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Male sex-ratio bias in the endangered South Australian Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus 
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Joannah Lee , Lynn Pedler , Stephen D. Sarre , James Robertson and Leo Joseph
pp. 356-359
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Improving population estimates of Glossy Black-Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) using photo-identification 
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Elizabeth R. Williams and Bruce Thomson
pp. 360-367
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Foraging behaviour of a declining population of Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) breeding in the Swain Reefs, Great Barrier Reef 
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Ashley Bunce
pp. 368-372

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Book review 
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pp. 373-374
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Annual Author Index 
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pp. 375-382

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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.

    MU15056  Accepted 18 November 2015
    Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia
    Robert Clemens, Danny Rogers, Birgita Hansen, Ken Gosbell, Clive Minton, Phil Straw, Mike Bamford, Eric Woehler, David Milton, Michael Weston, Bill Venables, Dan Weller, Chris Hassell, Bill Rutherford, Kimberly Onton, Ashley Herrod, Colin Studds, Chi-Yeung Choi, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, Greg Skilleter, Richard Fuller

    MU15064  Accepted 17 November 2015
    Placement of re-nests following predation: are birds managing risk?
    Christa Beckmann, Paul McDonald

    MU15058  Accepted 13 November 2015
    Declining adult survival of New Zealand Bar-tailed Godwits during 2005–2012 despite apparent population stability
    Jesse Conklin, Tamar Lok, David Melville, Adrian Riegen, Rob Schuckard, Theunis Piersma, Phil Battley

    MU15012  Accepted 12 November 2015
    Corticosterone responses to capture and restraint in Australasian gannets (Morus serrator) at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
    John Cockrem, Elizabeth Candy, Murray Potter, Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska

    MU15022  Accepted 04 November 2015
    Nest-building males trade-off material collection costs with territory value
    Ida Bailey, Kate Morgan, Dieter Oschadleus, Stacy DeRuiter, Simone Meddle, Susan Healy

    MU15010  Accepted 28 October 2015
    Assessing the trophic niche of South American Terns integrating conventional and isotopic approaches
    Alejandro Gatto, Pablo Yorio

    MU15045  Accepted 29 September 2015
    Shorebirds along China’s Yellow Sea coast face an uncertain future – a review of threats
    David Melville, Ying Chen, Zhijun Ma

    MU14095  Accepted 15 September 2015
    Acoustic features within a New Zealand forest bird community of native and introduced species
    Joseph Azar, Ben Bell


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1. 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

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 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Published 22 July 2015
The size and composition of social groups in the wild zebra finch

Luke S. C. McCowan, Mylene M. Mariette and Simon C. Griffith

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Published 22 July 2015
How does nest box temperature affect nestling growth rate and breeding success in a parrot?

Eliza R. Larson, Justin R. Eastwood, Katherine L. Buchanan, Andrew T. D. Bennett and Mathew L. Berg

12. Published 5 May 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

13. 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

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

Benjamin G. Freeman and Nicholas A. Mason

15. Published 5 May 2015
First report of a feather loss condition in Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on Ross Island, Antarctica, and a preliminary investigation of its cause

Wray W. Grimaldi, Richard J. Hall, Daniel D. White, Jing Wang, Melanie Massaro and Daniel M. Tompkins

16. Published 5 November 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 and Thomas Wilke

17. Published 10 February 2015
Variation in innate immune function during incubation, chick-rearing and moult in Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor)

Jessica K. Evans, Peter Dann and Theresa Frankel

18. Published 22 July 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

19. 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

20. Published 22 July 2015
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

Javier Ciancio, Florencia Botto and Esteban Frere

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