Habitat requirements and genotypic structure of Grey-crowned Babbler in northern Victoria
The Grey-crowned Babbler (GCB) is a cooperatively breeding bird which has suffered a 94% decline in its southern distribution. Habitat fragmentation and habitat loss are believed to be the key threatening processes for this species. Through a comparative analysis of GCB habitat use within Victoria, incorporating different vegetation types, habitat needs will be determined across the extent of their southern range. The project will also examine potential differences in the population’s genetic structure in relation to family group distribution and isolation, which may influence biological processes responsible for local distribution patterns. Furthermore, investigations of brood-nest site patterns will highlight critical aspects of their breeding ecology. To assist future survival of Grey-crowned Babblers, this type of information is essential to conservation strategies for their continuing management.