Breeding biology of laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguinea) in New Zealand
Citation:Perrott, J. (2011). Breeding biology of laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguinea) in New Zealand [unpublished Unitec Research Committee Research Report].
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1653
In the last year we have identified six nesting areas from which we have collected nest debris and behavioural observations. From this data we have identified all animal remains within the debris. In addition, we identified the New Zealand kookaburra population range margins and distribution. We have tested tracking methods and conducted nest site protection measures at the six breeding sites (e.g., protecting kookaburra nesting sites from possum damage). We have developed and distributed media and public information packs to private land owners north of Auckland and on Kawau Island to gain access to private lands used by kookaburra. To date, we have all the prerequisite information required to apply for additional external research grants and publish one paper on kookaburra nest debris and predation of native species in New Zealand forests.