Please Collect Gang-gang Feathers for Genetic Research

This project aims to better understand the population genetics of Gang-gang Cockatoos iacross their range through feather collection.

Feathers contain genetic information unique to an individual. They provide insights into the biology and ecology of birds that are otherwise challenging to sample, and in a way that is not intrusive.

By learning about the genetic variability of Gang-gangs, we can estimate their ‘effective population size’. Knowing the population size of a species, and monitoring changes to this over time, can directly inform planning and implementing conservation actions. Genetic information extracted from Gang-gang feathers may also provide insights into their habitat use, mating systems and conservation status across their range.

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Posted on August 05, 2022 01:12 AM by michaelmulvaney michaelmulvaney | 5 comments | Leave a comment
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Gang-gangs are declining. It is unknown why. Locating nest hollows allows comparison of breeding success and testing of potential causes (hollow competition, possum predation, climate change).

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michaelmulvaney created this project on July 31, 2021
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