Foraging by the endangered black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster) within fragmented rainforest of an agricultural landscape

Smyth, A. K. and Pavey, C. R. (2001) Foraging by the endangered black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster) within fragmented rainforest of an agricultural landscape. Biological Conservation, 98 2: 149-157. doi:10.1016/S0006-3207(00)00149-X


Author Smyth, A. K.
Pavey, C. R.
Title Foraging by the endangered black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster) within fragmented rainforest of an agricultural landscape
Journal name Biological Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3207
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0006-3207(00)00149-X
Volume 98
Issue 2
Start page 149
End page 157
Total pages 9
Place of publication Essex, England
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
300802 Wildlife and Habitat Management
770806 Remnant vegetation and protected conservation areas
0599 Other Environmental Sciences
0699 Other Biological Sciences
Abstract We studied the foraging habitat of the endangered black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster) in 13 rainforest patches of an agricultural landscape (23.4 km(2)) in eastern Australia to assess its use of fragmented habitats outside conservation reserves. The species foraged only in the three largest patches (17.4, 40.0, 63.8 ha in size), all of which were connected to open eucalypt forest, and in intact rainforest. Occurrence of birds was greatest in the largest patch. The maximum number of individuals within the study area was estimated to be 22. Radio-tracking of nine birds revealed that three were resident in the largest patch for periods of over 100 days; no movements between patches were detected. Three radio-tagged birds were taken by avian and mammalian predators. Our results indicated that the long-term future of the species in agricultural landscapes is bleak and that management action is urgently needed to arrest its decline in these ecosystems, (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Biodiversity Conservation
Ecology
Environmental Sciences
Turnix Melanogaster
Foraging Habitat
Patch Isolation
Patch Size
Threatened Species
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