Ozcranes Downloads presents a range of documents for download on research, conservation and information relevant to Brolgas and Sarus Cranes in Australia. We are indebted to the generous permission of authors and/or publishers to make this possible. Please note, copyright remains with the original authors. Many other articles can be read directly on Ozcranes thanks to authors' permission, check the Site Map for details.

Downloads covering both species

Ozcranes is grateful to Dr George Archibald, renowned crane researcher and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, for permission to post two key papers on Australian cranes.

The ‘Sarolga’


Sarolga (Brolga-Sarus hybrid), Atherton Tablelands 1972 (George Archibald) →

In 1972 on the Atherton Tablelands, Dr Archibald observed two apparent hybrids between Sarus and Brolga amongst Sarus Crane flocks. He christened the hybrid form ‘Sarolga’ and reported the discovery at a 1980 international symposium. In succeeding years observers continued to record occasional apparent hybrids on the Atherton Tablelands, over the last 20 years in particular, Dr John Grant. The genetic and other interactions between Brolgas and Sarus in north Queensland were the subject of a PhD study by Tim Nevard», completed in 2019.

Sarus Crane and Brolga ecology

On his 1972 trip to Australia Dr Archibald studied dry season ecology of Brolgas and Sarus, visiting Kununurra (WA), Townsville Town Common and the Atherton Tablelands. In the 1984 wet season, he returned to study Sarus Crane and Brolga nesting at Delta Downs, Gulf of Carpentaria. This was the first study of Sarus Crane breeding in Australia. The paper was written with co-author Dr Scott Swengel and presented at the 1985 International Crane Workshop. (Note, at this time the Australian Sarus Crane was classified as Eastern Sarus Crane)

Wetland issues

Birds Australia (now BirdLife Australia) kindly allowed Ozcranes to post a special wetland issue (Dec 2007) of the former membership magazine, ‘Wingspan’ with articles on Brolgas and Sarus Cranes.

Fencing hazards for birds

Safe fencing is a conservation issue for cranes, covered in depth in Ozcranes Conservation Crane-friendly Fencing» pages. We are grateful to the authors, through the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project, for allowing Ozcranes to post two research reports on birds and barb wire fencing.

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Sarus Crane downloads

Sarus Crane: Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000

The Action Plan can be read directly in Ozcranes Conservation or downloaded as above.

More on Sarus Cranes

Ozcranes Research» has abstracts from other scientific papers on Sarus Cranes in Australia and India.

Brolga downloads

Brolgas in south eastern Australia are classified as Vulnerable, due to habitat change and other factors affecting breeding success and survival. Ozcranes Downloads includes three conservation documents and an Honours thesis on southern Brolgas

Brolga flocking habitats

Kristie King studied Brolga roost and feeding habitats and movements in SW Victoria, in the flocking (non-breeding) season. Kristie has kindly allowed Ozcranes to post her full Honours thesis for download, and you can visit her project page in Ozcranes Research».

Brolga breeding wetlands

Brolga wetland

Brolga nest on farm by Matthew Herring

In 2001 Matthew Herring conducted a key Honours thesis on Brolga breeding habitat in the Riverina district, SE Australia (the thesis abstract is in Ozcranes Research»). He studied Brolga nesting and worked closely with many farmers. The research generated two publications: a technical report (2005) and an advice booklet for farmers (2007), download from Ozcranes as above.

Victorian Brolga Action Statement

The Victorian Government produced an Action Statement for threatened Brolgas, updated in 2003 but still applicable today. Ozcranes thanks the Department of Sustainability & Environment (now DELWP) for allowing us to include the Statement for Download

Ozcranes Research» has abstracts from other scientific papers on Brolgas in Australia.

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Dr George Archibald ICF
Matthew Herring Murray Wildlife
Kristie King Kristie King Email
Wildlife Friendly Fencing WFF Website
Victoria Dept of Environment (DELWP) DELWP Victoria
BirdLife Australia BirdLife Australia

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