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Individual study: Use of four designs of artificial nesting platforms by red-footed boobies Sula sula in Kaneohe Bay, island of O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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Rauzon M. & Drigot D. (1999) Red-footed booby use of artificial nesting platforms. Waterbirds, 22, 474-477


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Provide artificial nesting sites for ground and tree-nesting seabirds Bird Conservation

A small study at a shrubland site on O’ahu, Hawaii, USA (Rauzon & Drigot 1999), found that red-footed boobies Sula sula preferentially nested in a ‘tree-style’ artificial nest platform, compared to a transported tree, a ‘tripod-style’ platform or a linear platform. A total of approximately 15 young were produced between 1992 and 1998 from nests on the tree-style platform, which consisted of a 6 m tall beam with cross beams, providing nine potential nest sites. A transported kiawe Prosopis pallida tree and kiawe branches were used for perching and several booby nests, five tripod platforms (each providing seven nesting sites) were erected in 1992, but only three nests were built over three breeding seasons and a single linear platform providing 50 nest sites was used only once.