Fluctuations in use of urban roost and foraging sites in Darwin by Pied Herons (Ardea picata)

John Rawsthorne

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    Abstract

    Pied Herons ('Ardea picata') are a common bird of Australia's north, strongly associated with shallow freshwater wetland and estuarine habitats. However they also use urban sites for foraging, and in particular many feed at the Leanyer Sewage Treatment Works and the Shoal Bay Waste Depot site in Darwin's northern suburbs. Pied Herons roosted on Catalina Island in Darwin Harbour from at least 2010 to 2013. Seasonal fluctuations in numbers and use of that, and nearby roost sites, are documented here, as is the more recent abandonment of harbour roost sites in favour of constructed riverside habitat at Crocodylus Park, close to the foraging sites.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)60-67
    Number of pages8
    JournalNorthern Territory Naturalist
    Volume27
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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