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. On this page –
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
- Some Brolga and Sarus Crane abstracts are available in Ozcranes Research
- Australian Bird Study Association, link to abstracts from ‘Corella’ journal
- Emu: Austral Ornithology – subscribers can download pdfs of all articles since 1901, including some key milestones in Australian crane research
Off-line All scientific information about Brolgas and Sarus Cranes and knowledge gaps to 1992 are summarised in HANZAB2. HANZAB is a major resource for information about Australian birds, 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.
(The easiest way to use this anytime offline is to make a folder called ‘Meine & Archibald Cranes’ or whatever. Unzip into this folder. Then go right down the folders 8 levels to folder ‘cranes’, find cranes.htm and make a shortcut for it on the desktop. Double-click this to open the whole book like a website in your browser).
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).
← Several recent university dissertations focus on threatened Brolga populations in southern Australia (Peter Merritt)
On-lineThesis: 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. Honours Thesis, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria. Supervised by Dr. B Kentish (School of Science and Engineering). (This thesis is currently off-line).
Off-lineThesis: Herring, MW, 2001. The Brolga Grus rubicundus in the New South Wales and Victorian Riverina: distribution, breeding habitat and potential role as an umbrella species. Honours Thesis, Charles Sturt University, Albury. Supervised by Prof. N Klomp and Dr I Lunt (School of Environmental & Information Sciences and the Institute of Land, Water & Society). Contact: Matthew Herring.
Search for articles
- Search Google Scholar (Advanced) for author and keywords
- The Ingenta database has many free abstracts
- BIRDNET links to on-line ornithological literature, including OWL abstract database
If enough readers are interested, Ozcranes will look at posting a bibliography on Brolgas and Australian Sarus Cranes. For now, we include some suggestions for sources of reading lists –
- ICF Library Bibliographies
- A bibliography on bird collisions is here (powerline collisions kill many cranes)
- Victorian Brolga Conservation Statements & Reports, with Bibliography
- 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
- Brolgas, north Queensland. Also, 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