Relationships of surrounding riparian habitat to nest-box use and reproductive outcome in house wrens

  • Published source details Finch D. (1989) Relationships of surrounding riparian habitat to nest-box use and reproductive outcome in house wrens. The Condor, 91, 848-859.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated study in May-June 1983-5 in three riparian woodland sites in Wyoming, USA (Finch 1989), found that 37% of 65 nest boxes erected in 1982 were used by house wrens Troglodytes aedon, with 20% contained unused nests. Wrens successfully fledged chicks from 73% of the 73 nests, were more likely to use boxes in open habitats and more likely to fledge chicks from these boxes. Boxes were 14 x 14 x 28 cm, with a 3.8 cm entrance hole.


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