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Habitat and diet of the Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda clarescens) in the early wet season at Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Garnett, Stephen, Clarkson, J., Felton, A., Harrington, Glenda and Freeman, A. (2005). Habitat and diet of the Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda clarescens) in the early wet season at Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York Peninsula, Australia. Emu: austral ornithology,105(1):81-85.

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Title Habitat and diet of the Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda clarescens) in the early wet season at Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Author Garnett, Stephen
Clarkson, J.
Felton, A.
Harrington, Glenda
Freeman, A.
Journal Name Emu: austral ornithology
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 105
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0158-4197   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-18444406281
Start Page 81
End Page 85
Total Pages 5
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Surveys for the endangered Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda clarescens (Hartert)) were conducted in the early wet season on Cape York Peninsula. We found Star Finches in only two grassland vegetation types. Most sightings were on unburnt islands of grass and saltbush on tidal saltpans where the birds were feeding solely on the seeds of the annual grass Xerochloa imberbis R.Br. Some individuals were also found among tall perennial grasses further inland where they fed on the first seed production of the new wet season. Xerochloa imberbis is probably a critical food source and saltpans a critical habitat for survival of this population of Star Finches during the early wet season.
Keywords dry monsoonal climate
northern australia
germination
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MU04020   (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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