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

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

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID1633
Authors
AuthorMcKilligan, Neil
Number of Pages144
Year2005
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Place of PublicationCollingwood, Victoria
ISBN0643091335
Web Address (URL)http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/18/pid/4841.htm
Abstract

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.
Contents
Introduction
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
References
Index

KeywordsArdeidae; herons; egrets; bitterns; Australia; Australian
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020310307. Population ecology
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