Breeding performance of Indian myna Acridotheres tristis in nestboxes and natural sites

  • Published source details Dhanda S.K. & Dhindsa M.S. (1996) Breeding performance of Indian myna Acridotheres tristis in nestboxes and natural sites. Ibis, 138, 788-791.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated, controlled study on mixed farmland and suburban habitats in Punjab, India, in 1992 (Dhanda & Dhindsa 1996), found that Indian mynahs Acridotheres tristis nesting in nest boxes had larger clutches and lower nestling mortality than those nesting in natural sites (4.8 eggs/clutch for 22 clutches and 49% mortality for 68 chicks in boxes vs. 3.9 eggs/clutch for 16 clutches and 68% mortality for 41 chicks in natural sites). However, whilst nesting success and overall productivity were higher in nest boxes, these differences were not significant (64% success and 1.6 fledglings/pair for nest boxes vs. 50% and 0.8 chicks/pair for natural nests) and hatching success was similar (approximately 65%) Mynahs also appeared more likely to lay second and third broods in boxes than natural sites. Thirty boxes were erected, half wooden (22 × 22 × 34 cm) and half PVC tubes (16 cm diameter with a wooden base).


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