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Hooded Robin

Male Hooded Robin
Melanodrya cucullata.

Photo: Helen Fallow



People Birdwatching

People birdwatching in
Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve.
Photo: Nicki Munro



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Bird Surveys


The Mulligans Flat–GoorooyarrooThe decline in woodland birds associated with the loss and modification of temperate woodlands in Australia is recognised as a serious conservation problem. Yellow box-Blakely’s red gum grassy woodlands in the ACT support a range of bird species, including eight species listed as threatened in that Territory. An additional four species, typical of yellow box-Blakely’s red gum grassy woodlands, are listed as vulnerable in neighbouring New South Wales. All 12 species have been recorded in Mulligans Flat or Goorooyarroo. However, of the resident species, the Hooded Robin (Melanodrya cucullata) is very localised, Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata), Varied Sitella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) and Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) are rarely seen and the Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) disappeared in 2000 from Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve and in 2005 from Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (the Brown Treecreeper has since been reintroduced; see here)

Birds surveys are undertaken each Spring by experienced bird observers. Birds are surveyed for 10 minutes using the point count method, at each end of the site (two surveys per site). The surveys are repeated the following day by a different observer. Therefore, each site has four point counts each year.

The bird surveys have been carried out since 2006.


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