Continental-scale interactions with temporary resources may explain the paradox of large populations of desert waterbirds in Australia

  title={Continental-scale interactions with temporary resources may explain the paradox of large populations of desert waterbirds in Australia},
  author={David A. Roshier and Alistar I. Robertson and Richard T. Kingsford and David G. Green},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
Arid Australia supports extraordinary numbers of waterbirds. We show that the solution to this seeming paradox lies in considering the availability of temporary wetland habitat in the context of the birds dispersal capability and fluctuations in the abundance of wetlands in time and space. For species with large dispersal capabilities, the Lake Eyre Basin of central Australia, amongst the driest regions on the continent, has the highest habitat availability for waterbirds. Analyses of landscape… CONTINUE READING
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