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. Ozcranes hosts resources in Downloads», including Dr George Archibald's classic papers on the ‘Sarolga’ Brolga-Sarus hybrid, and Sarus Crane and Brolga breeding ecology in the Gulf. Please contact us to suggest more crane library sources add or report broken links.
Libraries and journals
- The ICF Library has many resources including bibliographies and electronic dissertations on Sarus and other cranes
- A free paper on the three ‘sub-species’ of Sarus Crane, Archibald, G. W., K. S. G. Sundar, and J. Barzen. ‘A review of the three subspecies of Sarus Cranes Grus antigone.’ Journal of Ecological Society (India) 16 (2003): 5-15. Available to read or download at Archive.org
- Forktail journal has all papers in full text free, from 1986 to 2013. Includes a number of significant short papers on Sarus 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
- The formal description of the Australian sub-species of Sarus Crane (Schodde et al. 1998) can be downloaded free from Canberra Birds, scroll down to Vol 13 No 4, December 1988.
- Australian Bird Study Association, link to abstracts from ‘Corella’ journal, full text available free to 2013
- Emu: Austral Ornithology to 2016 – abstracts and some short articles free, up to December 2016 when publication transferred to Taylor and Francis
- Emu: Austral Ornithology 2017 – abstracts and some short articles free. Taylor & Francis site, all BirdLife Australia members can access Emu free from within the BirdLife Australia portal (Login)
- Australian Field Ornithology – free to members 1959-present (older issues were as ‘The Australian Birdwatcher’). For non-members articles over 2 years old are free, but registration is required
- Birds Queensland publishes the Sunbird, full index from 1970 and recent abstracts on the website
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.
The Cranes: Status survey and conservation action plan
CD Meine and GW Archibald (eds), 1996. The Cranes: Status survey and conservation action plan. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, and Cambridge, UK.
‘The Cranes’ covers status and conservation for all 15 world crane species and can be downloaded free from the IUCN Library, pdf 8MB. An updated volume involving all members of the IUCN Crane Specialist Group, including in Australia, will be published in 2017
Cranes of the World
PA Johnsgard, 1983. Cranes of the World. Originally published by University of Indiana.
Now available for free download as a series of pdfs from Digital Commons at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Cranes: Their biology, husbandry and conservation
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).
Scientific information about Brolgas and Australian Sarus Cranes, and knowledge gaps to 1992, are summarised in HANZAB Volume 2, which is now undergoing revision. Although dated, the printed HANZAB is a major resource for information about Australian cranes up to 1992. It is out of print, and upwards of $200 USD on Amazon, but is available in the reference section of most major Australian university and public libraries.
S Marchant and PJ Higgins (eds), 1993. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds Vol 2, Raptors to Lapwings. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Six Australian university dissertations (Honours and MSc) have addressed Brolga populations, all but one in southern Australia. Ozcranes Research hosts three abstracts and one full thesis (links below). Two PhD studies are currently underway, project pages in Ozcranes Research».
- Blackman, JG (1977). ‘The development and application of aerial survey methods for population and ecological studies of the Brolga Grus rubicundus (Perry) Gruidae.’ MSc diss., James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Available by document delivery ($) 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. Abstract in Ozcranes Research»
- 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»
Ozcranes has bibliographies on some specific topic pages, some other suggested sources of reading lists –
- ICF Library Bibliographies
- 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»
- Whooping and other crane publications
Crane sounds and video
- ICF – Click on Cranes, then species name for page including calls, description of calling behaviour
- Long calls of Australian Sarus and Brolgas in the field can be played for comparison at New Zealand Birds Online
- 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