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Dietary breadth and foraging habitats of the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) on West Australian islands and coastal sites

Clohessy, Shannon (2014) Dietary breadth and foraging habitats of the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) on West Australian islands and coastal sites. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

This study looks at dietary preference of the Haliaeetus leucogaster in the Houtman Abrolhos and on coastal and near shore islands between Shark Bay and Jurien Bay. Prey species were identified through pellet dissection, which were collected from nests and feeding butcheries, along with prey remains and reference photographs. Data extracted from this process was compared against known prey types for this species. Potential foraging distances were calculated based on congeneric species data and feeding habits and used to calculate foraging habitat in the study sites and expected prey lists to compare against observed finds. Results were compared against similar studies on Haliaeetus leucogaster based in other parts of Australia.

Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Supervisor: Shephard, Jill
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26855
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