Some full-text books, articles, bibliographies and dissertations are available free on the Web, as are abstracts (summaries) of many articles on crane research and conservation.
Please contact the Web Manager to suggest crane library sources to add, or report broken links.
Libraries and journals
- The ICF Library has many resources including bibliographies and electronic dissertations on Sarus and other cranes
- The SORA site has many full-text ornithology articles
- Digital Commons at University of Nebraska, Lincoln hosts papers, dissertations and books including works on Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
- BIRDNET links to on-line ornithological literature, including OWL abstract database
- Forktail journal has all papers in full text free, from 1986 to 2010. Includes a number of significant short papers on Sarus Cranes
- ASEAN Biodiversity has free popular and technical articles relevant to the ASEAN region, including crane papers
- Ozcranes hosts Brolga and Sarus Crane abstracts and a Brolga dissertation in Ozcranes Research
- Australian Bird Study Association, link to abstracts from ‘Corella’ journal
- Emu: Austral Ornithology – abstracts and some short articles free. Subscribers can download pdfs of all articles since 1901, including some key milestones in Australian crane research
- Australian Field Ornithology abstracts from 2006 available from Informit, subscribers full access from 2006.
Off-line All scientific information about Brolgas and Sarus Cranes and knowledge gaps to 1992 are summarised in HANZAB2. Although dated, HANZAB is a major resource for information about Australian birds up to 1992 and is available in the reference section of most major Australian university and public libraries.
S Marchant and PJ Higgins (eds), 1993. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds Vol 2, Raptors to Lapwings. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
On-line Three books on crane biology, ecology and conservation first published between 1983 and 1996 can be downloaded free. Further research has added or clarified a number of issues, but these are still valuable background resources.
CD Meine and GW Archibald (eds), 1996. The Cranes: Status survey and conservation action plan. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, and Cambridge, UK. Web version hosted by NPWRC, available to read on the web or download as a zip file.
PA Johnsgard, 1983. Cranes of the World. Originally published by University of Indiana, now available as a series of pdfs from Digital Commons at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
D Ellis, G Gee and C Mirande. 1996. Cranes: Their biology, husbandry and conservation. US Government agencies and the ICF. Download from US Government Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 15 Chapters (separate pdfs).
← Brolga pair nesting in farm wetland (Peter Merritt)
Six Australian university dissertations (Honours and MSc) have addressed Brolga populations, all but one in southern Australia. Two PhD studies are currently underway, project pages in Ozcranes Research».
- Blackman, JG (1977). ‘The development and application of aerial survey methods for population and ecological studies of the Brolga Grus rubicundus (Perry) Gruidae.’ MSc diss., James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Available by document delivery ($) from JCU
- Harding, C (2001). ‘Use of remote sensing and geographic information systems to predict suitable breeding habitat for the brolga Grus rubicundus in south-west Victoria’. Hons diss., Centre for Environmental Management, University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Abstract in Ozcranes Research»
- Herring, MW (2001). ‘The brolga (Grus rubicunda) in the New South Wales and Victorian Riverina: distribution, breeding habitat and potential role as an umbrella species’. Hons diss., Faculty of Science and Agriculture, School of Environmental and Information Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Download a technical paper based on this research, in Ozcranes Downloads» (pdf 942KB)
- Myers, A (2001). ‘Factors influencing the nesting success of Brolgas, Grus rubicundus, in Western Victoria’. Hons diss., School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. No information.
- Sheldon, RA (2004). ‘Characterisation and modelling of Brolga (Grus rubicundus) flocking habitat in south-western Victoria: relationships between habitat characteristics, Brolga abundance and flocking duration’. Hons diss., School of Science and Engineering, University of Ballarat, Victoria. Abstract in Ozcranes Research»
- King, K (2008). ‘Behaviour patterns and habitat use of the Brolga (Grus rubicundus) at two flocking sites in south-west Victoria’. School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Read abstract and download whole thesis in Ozcranes Research»
Some suggested sources of reading lists –
- ICF Library Bibliographies
- A bibliography on bird collisions is here (powerline collisions kill many cranes)
- Extensive bibliography on collisions in Sundar, KS Gopi, and BC Choudhury. ‘Mortality of Sarus Cranes (Grus antigone) due to electricity wires in Uttar Pradesh, India.’ Environmental Conservation 32, no. 3 (2005): 260-269. Abstract only in Ozcranes Research»
- Victorian Brolga Conservation Statement & Report with Bibliography, Download from Ozcranes» (pdf, 211kb)
- Threatened Species & Farming Report, Download from Ozcranes» (pdf, 942kb)
- Ozcranes Research has short bibliographies on specific topics
- Whooping and other crane publications
We are grateful to the Victorian Dept of Sustainability & Environment for allowing us to post the brochure versions of the Conservation Statement and Report.
Crane sounds and video
- ICF – Site Map, click on species name for page including calls, description of calling behaviour
- Listen to Sarus Crane and Brolga calls on Ozcranes»
- Crane videos, including Sarus Crane, by Josep del Hoyo
- ICF Digital Library: Dr G Archibald's definitive thesis on the unison calls of different crane species, 6 pdfs total 6.1 Mb