Study

Effect of nest-box orientation on uptake by black-capped chickadees Poecile atricapillus at Queen's University Biological Station, Ontario, Canada

  • Published source details Mennill D.J. & Ratcliffe L.M. (2004) Nest cavity orientation in black-capped chickadees Poecile atricapillus: do the acoustic properties of cavities influence sound reception in the nest and extra-pair matings? Journal of Avian Biology (formerly Ornis Scandinavica 1970-1993), 35, 477-482

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated study in mixed forests in eastern Ontario, Canada, between 1999 and 2002 (Mennill & Ratcliffe 2004), found that black-capped chickadees Parus atricapillus (also called Poecile atricapillus) only nested in 20-27% of 176 nest boxes provided (compared with 99 nests in natural cavities in the study area). Boxes were erected in sets of four, facing 90o from each other on the same tree, and chickadees showed no preferences for particular orientations. Boxes were made from PVC tubing and filled with sawdust.

     

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