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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 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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Published online 19 May 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
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Published online 18 May 2015
Exploring food preferences and the limits of feeding flexibility of seed-eating desert birds 
Sergio R. Camín, Víctor R. Cueto, Javier Lopez de Casenave and Luis Marone
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Published online 06 May 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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Published online 04 May 2015
Breeding success, mate-fidelity and nest-site fidelity in Red-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean 
Julia Sommerfeld, Tony Stokes and G. Barry Baker
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Published online 28 April 2015
The subspecies of Antarctic Terns (Sterna vittata) wintering on the South African coast: evidence from morphology, genetics and stable isotopes 
Maëlle Connan, Peter R. Teske, Anthony J. Tree, Philip A. Whittington and Christopher D. McQuaid
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Published online 20 April 2015
The size and composition of social groups in the wild zebra finch 
Luke S. C. McCowan, Mylene M. Mariette and Simon C. Griffith
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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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Distinctiveness of Pacific Robin subspecies in Vanuatu revealed from disparate patterns of sexual dichromatism, plumage colouration, morphometrics and ancient DNA 
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Anna M. Kearns, Lauren C. White, Jeremy J. Austin and Kevin E. Omland
pp. 89-98
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The species and functional diversity of birds in almond orchards, apple orchards, vineyards and eucalypt woodlots 
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Gary W. Luck, Kelly Hunt and Andrew Carter
pp. 99-109
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A coraciiform-like bird quadrate from the Early Eocene Tingamarra local fauna of Queensland, Australia 
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Andrzej Elzanowski and Walter E. Boles
pp. 110-116
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Can Australian bush birds be used as canaries? Detection of pervasive environmental impacts at an arid Australian mine site 
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John L. Read, Benjamin Parkhurst and Steven Delean
pp. 117-125
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One method does not suit all: variable settlement responses of three procellariid species to vocalisation playbacks 
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Rachel T. Buxton, Christopher J. Jones, Henrik Moller and Philip O’B. Lyver
pp. 126-136

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Optimising translocation efforts of Mottled Petrels (Pterodroma inexpectata): growth, provisioning, meal size and the efficacy of an artificial diet for chicks 
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Rachael L. Sagar, Antje Leseberg, Ken Hunt, Kahori Nakagawa, Brendon Dunphy and Matt J. Rayner
pp. 137-145

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Effects of predation by introduced mammals and mortality due to severe floods on population viability of the endangered Blue Duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) 
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Craig Simpkins, George L. W. Perry, Andrew Glaser, Tim Allerby and Todd E. Dennis
pp. 146-157

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Migration routes and non-breeding areas of Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) from the Azores 
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Verónica C. Neves, Cristina P. Nava, Matt Cormons, Esteban Bremer, Gabriel Castresana, Pedro Lima, Severino M. Azevedo Junior, Richard A. Phillips, Maria C. Magalhães and Ricardo S. Santos
pp. 158-167
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Configuration and geometry of sap-holes drilled by the White-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cactorum): effects of tree-structure, sap-traits and plant health 
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M. Gabriela Núñez Montellano and Pedro G. Blendinger
pp. 168-175
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Response of the endemic Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca obscura) to grazing exclusion in herbivore-dependent upland grasslands of Argentina 
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Laura M. Bellis and Nadia Muriel
pp. 176-184

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First report of a feather loss condition in Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on Ross Island, Antarctica, and a preliminary investigation of its cause 
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Wray W. Grimaldi, Richard J. Hall, Daniel D. White, Jing Wang, Melanie Massaro and Daniel M. Tompkins
pp. 185-189
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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.

    MU14099  Accepted 23 May 2015
    Stability and change through time in the dialects of in a Neotropical songbird, the Rufous-collared Sparrow
    Natalia García, Ramiro Arrieta, Cecilia Kopuchian, Pablo Tubaro

    MU14046  Accepted 07 May 2015
    The Influence of Nest Site Choice and Predator Sensory Cues on Nest Success in the Crimson Finch, Neochmia phaeton
    Rebekah Soanes, Anne Peters, Kaspar Delhey, Jeremiah Doody

    MU14108  Accepted 29 April 2015
    Impacts of land-use change on endemic avifauna on Makira, Solomon Islands: endemics avoid monoculture
    Tammy Davies, Rohan Clark, John Ewen, Ioan Fazey, Nathalie Pettorelli, Will Cresswell

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

    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


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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 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

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

Jim Hone

6. 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

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
Nest-site use by an introduced parrot in New Zealand

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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

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

Benjamin G. Freeman and Nicholas A. Mason

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

Eliot T. Miller and Sarah K. Wagner

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 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

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