Bird counts were conducted in woodland remnants of the upper North-west Slopes of New South Wales, an ornithologically little-documented area, in 1995 and 1997. A total of 120 woodland species, including 11 threatened species, was recorded in the area below 900 m elevation, from a point 100 km NNW of Armidale northwards 50 km to the Dumaresq River, thence 50 km north-west across Slopes woodland to the river at Texas (Queensland). Woodland patches ≯300 ha supported significantly more species than those <100 ha. Threatened and other declining species occurred mainly in large patches, although some also occurred commonly in small riverine or otherwise fertile patches; foraging guilds of small to medium-sized, ground and above-ground insectivores were under-represented in small remnants. The conservation values of woodland remnants on the upper North-west Slopes are similar to those on the tablelands and inland slopes farther south, and require appropriate management to maintain avian diversity.
Bird communities in remnant woodland on the upper North-west Slopes of New South Wales
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S.J.S. Debus, H.A. Ford, S.M. Trémont; Bird communities in remnant woodland on the upper North-west Slopes of New South Wales. Australian Zoologist 1 December 2006; 33 (4): 519–529. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2006.023
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