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Discovery of a novel predator reveals extreme but highly variable mortality for an endangered migratory bird

Stojanovic, Dejan; Webb, Matthew; Alderman, Rachael; Porfirio, Luciana; Heinsohn, Robert

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Aim: Introduced predators are a global driver of species decline, but their impact on highly mobile species is poorly understood. We report the severe impact of a previously undocumented introduced predator on the endangered, migratory swift parrot (Lathamus discolor). Sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps), a supposedly benign introduced species, were detected acting as a major opportunistic predator of cavity-nesting birds. We assessed the intensity and geographical extent of sugar glider...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66009
Source: Diversity and Distributions
DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12214

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