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Title: Aspects of the breeding cycle of the Little Eagle 'Hieraaetus morphnoides'
Contributor(s): Debus, Stephen JS  (author); Ley, Andrew J (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: The breeding biology and behaviour of the Little Eagle 'Hieraaetus morphnoides' were studied throughout 82 hours of observation from the incubation and nestling periods (three nests) to independence of juveniles (n = four families) at Armidale, on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, in spring–summer 2008–09. Incubation commenced in September (two clutches), and fledging occurred from mid to late December (four broods). At two nests, incubation (by both parents, but mostly by the female) lasted >35 days and 38–39 days, respectively. At three nests, females performed most of the parental care, but males shared the brooding or feeding of small chicks. The nestling period at three nests lasted 53–54 days, 58 ± 1 days and ~63 days, respectively. Breeding productivity was 0.86 young per occupied territory in 2008, and 0.67 young/pair/year in 15 pair-years 2006–08. The post-fledging dependence period lasted a minimum of 58–64 days (n = 3).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Field Ornithology, 26(3), p. 76-99
Publisher: Bird Osbervation and Conservation Australia
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 1448-0107
Field of Research (FOR): 060801 Animal Behaviour
060803 Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology
060809 Vertebrate Biology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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