Kangaroos in Outback Australia: Comparative Ecology and Behavior of Three Coexisting Species

Kangaroos in Outback Australia: Comparative Ecology and Behavior of Three Coexisting Species

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Kangaroos in Outback Australia: Comparative Ecology and Behavior of Three Coexisting Species by Dale McCullough, Yvette McCullough

A topic of perpetual fascination, the kangaroos of Australia have been the focus of myriad books and documentaries. Kangaroos in Outback Australia focuses on Yathong Nature Reserve, where three species of kangaroo—red, eastern grey, and western grey—overlap and create a unique opportunity for ecological study.

Dale and Yvette McCullough spent fifteen months in Yathong examining the comparative ecology and behavior of the different species. The McCulloughs used systematic counts, radio telemetry, direct observations, and other techniques to characterize and compare the different species' population sizes, home ranges and movements, activity patterns, habitat selection, feeding behavior, and social organization.

The researchers' previous work on the kangaroos' closest ecological counterparts in North America, the white-tailed and the mule deer, serves as a subject for comparison and enlarges the overall scope of the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231119177
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dale R. McCullough is professor of wildlife biology in the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. He is an acknowledged expert on North American deer populations.

Yvette McCullough teaches science at Martin Luther King Middle School, Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
1.Introduction1
2.Description of Yathong Nature Reserve17
3.Methods47
4.Population Size and Composition80
5.Home Range and Movements96
6.Activity Patterns121
7.Social Grouping152
8.Behavior168
9.Feeding Ecology200
10.Habitat and Niche Relationships221
11.Predators and Competitors233
12.Kangaroos, Ungulates, and Ecological and Evolutionary Models249
Literature Cited273
Index301

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