The woodlands of southern Australia have been extensively cleared for agriculture. The loss and fragmentation of the native vegetation has been followed by dramatic declines in woodland-dependant species. Here we present data from the Central Western Plains of New South Wales on the occurrence of birds in woodlands that have been highly fragmented and structurally altered over the last 150 years. The species composition of the region is still very similar to that recorded 3 decades earlier but many small insectivorous and nectivorous woodland birds are rare and restricted, while the woodland patches and remnant tree groves in the landscape are now dominated by the Galah, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Crested Pigeon, Apostlebird, Magpie-lark, Grey-crowned Babbler, Australian Raven, Eastern Rosella and Pied Butcherbird.
Birds in remnant woodland vegetation in the central wheatbelt of New South Wales during the drought declared years 2005 to 2009
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Murray Ellis, Jennifer Taylor; Birds in remnant woodland vegetation in the central wheatbelt of New South Wales during the drought declared years 2005 to 2009. Australian Zoologist 1 January 2013; 36 (3): 332–348. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2012.019
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