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Individual study: Preference of eastern bluebirds Sialia sialis for nest boxes containing old nests at Bluegrass Army Depot, Kentucky, USA

Published source details

Davis W.H., Kalisz P.J. & Wells R.J. (1994) Eastern bluebirds prefer boxes containing old nests. Journal of Field Ornithology, 65, 250-253


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A replicated controlled study in 1993 in wooded pasture in Kentucky, USA (Davis et al. 1994), found that eastern bluebirds Sialia sialis preferentially occupied nest boxes containing old nests when given the choice (93% of 41 boxes occupied contained old nests). One hundred boxes were presented in pairs, one empty and one containing an old nest at 50 sites previously used by bluebirds. Boxes had a 10 x 10 cm base and a 2.9 x 10 cm entrance and were erected 1.5 m above ground.