Scientific research is the bedrock for our understanding of Brolgas, Sarus Cranes, their behaviour and ecology, and interactions with industries like agriculture and tourism. Ozcranes Research will present or link to studies that advance our understanding of cranes and their conservation, and highlight knowledge gaps.
As well, we'll publicise research support activities like wetland bird monitoring and bird record database projects, where the public can make valuable contributions to current and future research. Research students, birdwatching groups monitoring cranes in wetlands, and others, are welcome to post project summaries here – please contact us.
Current Projects» has summaries and contacts for research work in Australia (Brolgas and Sarus Cranes) and New Guinea (Brolgas).
← Sarus Cranes with one young: Atherton Tableland, far north Queensland (David Stowe)
Knowledge Gaps 1» looks at issues well on the way to being settled that still may confuse or intrigue, like Sarus Crane subspecies and time of residence in Australia.
Knowledge Gaps 2» includes major challenges like the Brolga-Sarus hybrid issue; habitat preferences of both species; development characters (plumage, leg and head colouring) for immatures; and Sarus Crane Conservation status.
Ozcranes ‘About Research’ Science Tour» asks: What's scientific research? How is it different from the mass of information flooding out of government agencies, lobby groups, the internet? Read some interesting examples from crane research, to get comfortable with terms like peer-review, grey literature and abstract, and use them to weigh up claims or statements about cranes and their environment.
Research Abstracts & theses
NQ Crane Counts
← Sarus Cranes land at a major roost on the Atherton Tableland, far north Queensland. This area has the largest known wintering population of Australian Sarus, and is the focus for a number of ongoing research projects (David Stowe)
The annual BANQ Crane Count» involved over a hundred Birds Australia members and the community from 1997-2008, counting Brolgas and Sarus Cranes flying in to wetland roosts at dusk. Results for the first nine years and discussion.
Explore more crane research links worldwide: organisations, articles and projects in Ozcranes Resources pages.