Conserving the endangered Black-throated Finch southern subspecies: what do we need to know?

Mula Laguna, Juan, Reside, April E., Kutt, Alex, Grice, Anthony C., Buosi, Peter, Vanderduys, Eric P., Taylor, Martin, and Schwarzkopf, Lin (2019) Conserving the endangered Black-throated Finch southern subspecies: what do we need to know? Emu - Austral Ornithology, 119 (4). pp. 331-345.

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Successful conservation of threatened species requires judicious allocation of limited resources. The threatened Black-throated Finch southern subspecies (Poephila cincta cincta), endemic to north-eastern Australia, has suffered an 80% contraction in its historical range. Stemming ongoing habitat loss is the main priority in its conservation, but remaining areas where habitat has been degraded require active management. However, the scarce information about the subspecies' ecology has inhibited effective conservation planning. In this paper, we gather and review current knowledge on the Black-throated Finch southern subspecies' ecology and threats and propose a list of research priorities aimed to support conservation management. We highlight how available knowledge could lead to false assumptions due to the limited temporal scope of most studies and their focus on a substantially modified area within its current range. There is a shortage of information on the present population size and distribution of the subspecies, which creates uncertainty about its conservation status. Our top three priority actions are focused on monitoring the remaining populations and evaluating the effects of management practices in pastoral land. We expect this paper to serve as a first step to create a cohesive framework for researchers and stakeholders when deciding to invest in the conservation of this iconic finch.

Item ID: 60695
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-5540
Keywords: Black-throated Finch, threatened species, conservation planning, habitat loss, granivorous birds
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Copyright Information: © 2019 BirdLife Australia
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 2 of the following PhD thesis: Mula Laguna, Juan (2020) Understanding uncertainty to inform conservation: tools to protect the endangered black-throated finch southern subspecies. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 07:39
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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