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.
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.
- Research Download ‘Introducing the Sarolga’ (pdf 208kb)»
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 are now the subject of a PhD study by Tim Nevard»
Sarus Crane and Brolga ecology
- Research Download ‘Comparative ecology and behavior of Eastern Sarus Cranes and Brolgas in Australia ’ (pdf 276kb)»
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, and so far the only, 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)
Sarus Crane: Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000
- Conservation Download ‘Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000: Sarus Crane’ (pdf 96kb)»
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.
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 breeding wetlands
- Conservation Download ‘Threatened Species and farming: Brolga’ (2005, pdf 942kb)»
- Conservation Download ‘Brolga breeding habitat: managing wetlands on your farm’ (2007: includes images, pdf 7MB)»
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.
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».
- Research Download ‘Behaviour patterns and habitat use of the Brolga Grus rubicundus at two flocking sites in south-west Victoria’ (2008, pdf 1.07MB)»
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
- Conservation Download ‘Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act Action Statement 119: Brolga’ (2003, pdf 173kb)»
Ozcranes Research» has abstracts from other scientific papers on Brolgas in Australia.
Downloads for both species
- Information Download ‘Wingspan’ December 2007 (pdf 1.1MB)»
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.
- Research/ Conservation Download ‘Barbed wire fencing as a hazard for wildlife’ (1999, pdf 191kb)»
- Research/ Conservation Download ‘Bird casualties in fences in Diamantina National Park, Queensland, 1996-2008’ (2008, pdf 28kb)»
|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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