Nest box use and breeding success of great crested flycatchers Myiarchus crinitus in pine forest managed using prescribed burns at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina, USA

  • Published source details White D.H. & Seginak J.T. (2000) Nest box use and productivity of great crested flycatchers in prescribed-burned longleaf pine forests. Journal of Field Ornithology, 71, 147-152


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Use prescribed burning on pine forests

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Bird Conservation

Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning on pine forests

    A replicated study in 1996-1998 in a longleaf pine forest in South Carolina, USA (White & Seginak 2000), found that great crested flycatchers Myiarchus crinitus had larger clutches and slightly higher productivity in nest boxes in plots burned during the warm season (April-June: 4.9 eggs/clutch and 2.7 fledglings/clutch for 24 clutches) compared to those burned during the cool season (December-March: 4.5 eggs/clutch and 2.5 fledglings/clutch for 14 clutches). There were no differences in overall occupancy rates or hatching rates (21% occupancy and 61% hatching success for 210 boxes in plots burned in the warm season vs. 19% and 61% for 120 boxes in those burned in the cool season). This study is also discussed in ‘Provide artificial nest sites’


  2. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated study in 1996-8 in a longleaf pine forest in South Carolina, USA (White & Seginak 2000), found that great crested flycatchers Myiarchus crinitus nested in 20% of 330 nest boxes provided, laying eggs in 88% of these (59 boxes in total). Differences in occupation and reproduction between areas burned in different seasons are described in ‘Use prescribed burning’.


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