Social group persistence over time in Brown-headed Honeyeaters Melithreptus brevirostris, as revealed by trapping records

John Rawsthorne

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    Brown-headed Honeyeaters Melithreptus brevirostris are commonly captured in groups in mist nets. Social network analysis was applied to multiple-capture data between 1986 and 2009 at a single banding site at Weddin Mountains, central western NSW, to infer the long-term persistence of a single social group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters at the banding site. Of the 162 individual Brown-headed Honeyeaters trapped at the site, 83 can be linked to a single social group that has persisted at the site through the entire 24-year study period. In this region, nomadism appears to be rare for this species.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-74
    Number of pages4
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

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