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Individual study: Uptake of nest boxes by zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata at the University of New South Wales Arid Zone Research Station at Fowlers Gap, New South Wales, Australia

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Griffith S.C., Pryke S.R. & Mariette M. (2008) Use of nest-boxes by the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata): implications for reproductive success and research. Emu, 108, 311-319


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds Bird Conservation

A replicated study in acacia stands and shrubland in New South Wales, Australia (Griffith et al. 2008), found that, after the installation of 400 nest boxes in July-September 2005, nearly all breeding attempts by zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata were in nest boxes, with 572 clutches laid in 2005-7 and over 90% of boxes being used at least once. Clutch size (average of 4.9 eggs/clutch for 559 clutches) and fledging success (58% of 522 clutches successful) in boxes was higher than in natural nests (average of 4.0 eggs/clutch for 110 natural nests and 13% success for 84 clutches). Small numbers of southern whitefaces Aphelocephala leucopsis and chestnut-rumped thornbills Acanthiza uropygialis also used nest boxes. Boxes were 14 x 9.3 x 12 cm with a 3 cm entrance hole and erected at 1-1.85 m above ground on trees or steel posts. The only unused boxes were high, far from natural cover and on poles, not trees