Long-term effects of bushfires on birdlife

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Subject: Long-term effects of bushfires on birdlife
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 12:06:46 +1100
I'm pretty sure you'll find it actually would be Loyn, rather than Lyon.
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Date: Friday, 31 January 2003 12:05
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: Long-term effects of bushfires on birdlife

The paper I was trying to think of was

Lyon. R.H. 1997. Effects of an extensive wildfire on birds in far eastern
Victoria. Pacific Conservation Biology. 3: 221-34.

This looked at recovery over three years post fire.  In essence, total
bird abundance was reduced to 60% of initial levels but recovered within
three years.  There were differences between habitats with heath having
the greatest decreases and slowest recovery.

Honeyeaters and seed-eaters suffered the greatest initial declines.  The
main loss of birds initially was of highly mobile species. Some species
that feed on open ground increased quickly to levels greater than before
the fire (Flame & Scarlet Robins, Buff-rumped Thornbills & Superb
Fairy-wrens).  Except for fairy-wrens, these latter declined as shrubs

Composition of remaining bird fauna after fire appeared to depend on
resource availability rather than the capacity of species to survive the
fire front.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382
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