Journal article

Factors affecting grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus : Pteropodidae) foraging in the Melbourne metropolitan area, Australia

E McDonald-Madden, ESG Schreiber, DM Forsyth, D Choquenot, TF Clancy

Austral Ecology | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

Factors affecting the foraging of mobile native fauna in highly fragmented urban landscapes have seldom been quantified at large spatial scales. We investigated factors affecting foraging by Grey-headed Flying-foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus; 'flying-foxes') in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. Flying-foxes established a continuously occupied colony site in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in 1986, and the size of the colony has subsequently increased greatly. We used a stratified-random sampling design to examine the importance of six variables on the detection of foraging flying-foxes: (i) distance from the colony site (0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 km); (ii) distance from the Yarra River ..

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