Title

Foraging ecology and habitat selection of the yellow-plumed honey eater lichenostomus ornatus in a western Australian woodland

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CSIRO

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences

RAS ID

883

Comments

Wilson, K., & Recher, H. F. (2001). Foraging ecology and habitat selection of the Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Lichenostomus ornatus, in a Western Australian woodland: implications for conservation. Emu, 101(1), 89-94.

Abstract

At Dryandra in Western Australia, Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters preferred the more productive woodlands dominated by Wandoo, Eucalyptus wandoo, to those on poorer soils dominated by Powderbark Wandoo, E. accedens. They foraged mainly by gleaning and probing foliage and bark within the canopy of the largest trees. Insects were also taken by hawking, hovering, and snatching, but there were significant spatial and seasonal differences in the use of foraging substrates. Little nectar-feeding was recorded, but lerp, manna, and honeydew obtained from foliage and under bark were likely energy sources. Although the minimum area of habitat required for the conservation of Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters cannot be specified, it probably needs to be large, productive, little disturbed, and with mature eucalypts to ensure a diversity of foraging substrates. Access to a source of nectar for at least part of the year may also be necessary.

Additional Information

Not free_to_read

DOI

10.1071/MU00068

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1071/MU00068