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Call for Papers – Ethnoornithology symposium at AOC 2019, Darwin 3 – 5 July 2019

Call for Papers – Ethnoornithology symposium at AOC 2019, Darwin 3 – 5 July 2019

Ethnoornithology is the study of the relationship between people and birds, and in recent years the field has emerged as a valuable source of ethnobiological research.  Ethnoornithology provides an opportunity to empower people of all cultures to discover, re-examine and preserve the connections between individuals, groups and cultures and the birds that they hunt, venerate and cherish.

The Muckaty trial – the curious titfer and the media circus

The Muckaty trial – the curious titfer and the media circus

"Oh," I remark and after identifying Emu, Bustard and Black Kite feathers I remark that maybe he needs some colour and should be on the look out for some Red-tailed Black Cockatoo feathers.

Call For Papers: ‘Ethno-ornithology: advances in collaborative research’ session at CHAGS 12

Call For Papers: ‘Ethno-ornithology: advances in collaborative research’ session at CHAGS 12

We welcome theoretical and speculative papers exploring the significance of bodies of emerging literature (e.g. honeyguides, fire-following raptors) as discussed and understood by groups of collaborators. We favor co-authorship with Indigenous researchers and participation of Indigenous collaborators in this session.

Bird Hide of the Week: The Buffalo Hide, Darwin

Bird Hide of the Week: The Buffalo Hide, Darwin

Is it not too much to ask that if we are going to the effort of building something from which the public will gain great pleasure that such structures should not also be beautiful as well?

Roadkill of the week. Jabiru.

Roadkill of the week. Jabiru.

The sad and needless death of a beautiful bird.

Birds of the Week: Figbirds in a Figtree

Birds of the Week: Figbirds in a Figtree

Sometimes birds are hard to find. Sometimes not. Bob Gosford takes two steps from his bed and finds an ornithorium of wonder and beauty.

Birds, Fire and Culture – a new research project

Birds, Fire and Culture – a new research project

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that some species are active promoters of fire in the northern Australian savannah landscapes, using small fire-sticks and embers to spread fire throughout the open grass and woodlands of the semi-tropical north.

Birds of the week – two freed Wedge-tailed Eagles

Birds of the week – two freed Wedge-tailed Eagles

I first saw the Wedge-tails free-flying at the Alice Springs Desert Park years ago and have been aware of the often violent interactions between the two captive birds and a pair of wild local Wedge-tails. Now the captive birds have been released.

Birdwatching as a death hazard…

Birdwatching as a death hazard…

The drive that gripped Alan that stormy night in the Himalayas can carry us into all sorts of situations. Most of the time the stories engendered add to the great canon of harmless eccentricities. But in some instances the birder's drive can lead to dreadful tragedy.

Same-sex marriage – Laysan Albatross style

Same-sex marriage – Laysan Albatross style

I first came across this story a few weeks ago at the 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress outside of Cape Town in South Africa where Professor Peter Ryan of the University of Cape Town referred to it in a plenary speech. I note that it has received some early attention elsewhere but that there had been […]