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Individual study: Preferential uptake and enhanced breeding success of nest boxes installed in sparsely foliated riparian habitat by house wrens Troglodytes aedon in North Platte River and Rock Creek, Wyoming, USA

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 Bird Conservation

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.