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Action: Provide artificial nesting sites for swifts Bird Conservation

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A study from the USA found that Vaux’s swifts Chaetura vauxi successfully used nest boxes provided.


Supporting evidence from individual studies


A study in 1999-2002 in pine forests in Oregon, USA (Bull 2003), found that Vaux’s swifts Chaetura vauxi successfully nested in nest boxes, with 53% of 51 nesting attempts successful and fledging an average of 3.5 chicks/nest. A total of 103 nest boxes were erected, with 12-17 used each year and a total of 30 boxes used. Boxes had a 30 x 30 x 350 cm with a 10 x 15 cm entrance hole and attached 10-15 m above the ground in trees.


Referenced papers

Please cite as:

Williams, D.R., Child, M.F., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., Pople, R.G., Showler, D.A., Walsh, J.C., zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J. & Sutherland, W.J. (2019) Bird Conservation. Pages 141-290 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2019. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.