As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Technology tracks rare birds


Two endangered Baudin's cockatoos are being tracked by scientists in a bid to learn more about their behaviour.


The rehabilitated birds were fitted with satellite tracking devices and released into their Perth Hills habitat last week as part of a trial research project between Murdoch University, the Department of Environment and Conservations (DEC) and Perth Zoo.

Dr Kris Warren and Dr Anne Le Souef from Murdoch's conservation medicine program oversaw the release and are monitoring the cockatoos.

"There is limited information about the daily habits of these birds so we are incredibly excited about the data we're starting to gather in this trial," Dr Warren said.

"Initial reports are telling us that the birds have been flying around the Kelmscott area where they were released on Friday, and have stuck together, which is good for their continued well-being.

"They have been actively exploring the area within several kilometres around the release site.


Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/technology-tracks-rare-birds-20121001-26uz8.html#ixzz285WbYyeY


More information on Baudin's cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii):

http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=769

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