Nestbox orientation: a species-specific influence on occupation and breeding success in woodland passerines

  • Published source details Goodenough A.E., Maitland D.P., Hart A.G. & Elliot S.L. (2008) Nestbox orientation: a species-specific influence on occupation and breeding success in woodland passerines. Bird Study, 55, 222-232.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated study in an oak-dominated forest in Gloucestershire, England, between 1990 and 2004 (Goodenough et al. 2008) found that significantly fewer pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca chicks fledged from southwest-facing nest boxes, compared to other orientations. There were no differences for great tits Parus major and blue tits Parus caeruleus in productivity, but great tits showed a preference for certain nest box orientations, with significantly fewer nests in southwest-facing nest boxes. There were no preferences in the other two species.


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