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Title: Observations on Hunting and Breeding Behaviour of the Black Falcon ('Falco Subniger')
Contributor(s): Debus, Steve J S  (author); Zuccon, A E (author)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Observations on the Black Falcon ('Falco subniger') are presented that add to previous, incomplete studies of the falcon's breeding biology and behaviour, vocalisations, prey and hunting methods. Observations are mostly from two Black Falcon pairs that were monitored at separate locations (Gundagai and Tamworth) in the New South Wales sheep-wheat belt. At the nest of the pair at Gundagai (which later failed at the downy chick stage), the male brought food to the incubating female, but was not seen to share incubation; a Brown Falcon ('Falco berigora') later briefly occupied the failed, vacated nest, but did not subsequently use it. The pair of Black Falcons at Tamworth was often observed to hunt feral Rock Doves ('Columba livia'), sometimes co-operatively. The pair apparently did not breed, and appeared to experience competition for potential nest sites from other raptors and corvids. A fresh juvenile specimen, found road-killed near the suspected nest area of a second pair at Tamworth, is described. Observations on interactions with other raptors are also presented, along with brief notes on Black Falcon hunting and roosting in Queensland.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Sunbird, 43(1), p. 12-26
Publisher: Queensland Ornithological Society
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1037-258X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 060809 Vertebrate Biology
060801 Animal Behaviour
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310914 Vertebrate biology
310901 Animal behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity
280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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