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Activity budgets of the agile wallaby, Macropus agilis

Stirrat, SC (2004). Activity budgets of the agile wallaby, Macropus agilis. Australian Journal of Zoology,52(1):49-64.

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Title Activity budgets of the agile wallaby, Macropus agilis
Author Stirrat, SC
Journal Name Australian Journal of Zoology
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 52
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0004-959X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-1942518212
Start Page 49
End Page 64
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication Collingwood
Publisher Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The activity budgets of agile wallabies were investigated in the wet season and dry season in the wet - dry tropics. In the dry season and in clear weather in the wet season the wallabies were essentially nocturnal, foraging throughout the night in open areas and resting during the day in monsoon rainforest patches. The day was clearly partitioned into active and inactive periods, with activity coordination ( behaviour synchrony) being high during the night and day and low in the transition between these foraging and resting periods. In overcast weather activity coordination was lower throughout the day. The day was not partitioned into active and inactive periods and the wallabies were observed foraging in the open at all times of day. However, they foraged for no longer over 24 hours than in clear weather when foraging was mainly a nocturnal activity. The wallabies spent more time foraging, moved greater distances while foraging, were less vigilant, and rested and groomed less in the dry season when forage quality was poor.
Keywords wet-dry tropics
new-south-wales
eastern gray-kangaroo
vigilance
behavior
fuliginosus
marsupialia
giganteus
patterns
ecology
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO04005   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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