Herons, egrets and bitterns: their biology and conservation in Australia

McKilligan, Neil (2005) Herons, egrets and bitterns: their biology and conservation in Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria. ISBN 0643091335


This is the first book to deal exclusively with the Australian members of the Family Ardeidae (herons, egrets and bitterns). It gives a comprehensive, easy-to-read account of their origins, classification and biology, and explains the features that distinguish them from other birds.

The book devotes a major chapter to the 14 Australian species, covering their distribution and movements, feeding, breeding, population dynamics and conservation. Some of Australia’s herons have become very scarce in the southern half of the continent and are at risk of national or local extinction. In northern Australia heron habitats and resources are largely pristine and consequently this region accommodates large numbers of certain species.

A final chapter on population and conservation provides a useful summary of the present status of the Australian herons, some of whom are thriving and others who are in a very precarious position.
1 Herons of the world
2 What makes herons different?
3 The importance of herons
4 Distribution, movements and longevity
5 Feeding and food
6 Breeding
7 Population numbers and conservation
8 Species resident in Australia
9 Occasional visitors

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unavailable in electronic format.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008 02:45
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 01:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ardeidae; herons; egrets; bitterns; Australia; Australian
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4451

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