Nest-site selection in relation to habitat edge: experiments in the common goldeneye

  • Published source details Pöysä H., Milonoff M., Ruusila V. & Virtanen J. (1999) Nest-site selection in relation to habitat edge: experiments in the common goldeneye. Journal of Avian Biology (formerly Ornis Scandinavica 1970-1993), 30, 79-84.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for wildfowl

    A replicated study at three sites in southern Finland over four breeding seasons in 1993-7 (Pöysä et al. 1999) found that breeding common goldeneyes Bucephala clangula showed a significant preference for nest boxes erected on the shoreline of lakes compared to those 14–140 m into the surrounding forest (shore boxes occupied before forest boxes for 73-95% of 50 pairs of boxes, with 8% of pairs occupied in the same season). Female goldeneye inspected shore and forest boxes equally and therefore appeared to actively choose shore boxes.


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