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Individual study: Design and provision of nest boxes for echo parakeets Psittacula eques in Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius

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Tatayah R.V.V., Malham J., Haverson P. & Van de Wetering J. (2007) Design and provision of nest boxes for echo parakeets Psittacula eques in Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius. Conservation Evidence, 4, 16-19


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Provide artificial nesting sites for parrots Bird Conservation

A replicated study in 1997-2007 in tropical forest in southwest Mauritius (Tatayah et al. 2007) found that the number of echo parakeet Psittacula eques pairs using nest boxes increased from none in 1997-2000 (with two nest boxes available) to 41 in 2006-7 (65 boxes available). In 2006-7, 73% of all parakeet nests (56 nests in total) were in nest boxes, with 71% of these successfully fledging chicks. The nest boxes were wooden, 65 cm high and made from untreated wood with a metal roof and a perch outside. The authors suggest that the number of captive-bred parakeets released into the population may have helped with the uptake of nest boxes, as they were more familiar with artificial structures than wild-bred individuals.