Nesting success of the great crested flycatcher in nest boxes and in tree cavities: are nest boxes safer from nest predation?

  • Published source details Miller K.E. (2002) Nesting success of the great crested flycatcher in nest boxes and in tree cavities: are nest boxes safer from nest predation?. The Wilson Bulletin, 114, 179-185.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated, controlled trial in 14 slash pine Pinus elliotti plantations in Florida, USA (Miller 2002), found that, over 1997-8, estimates of nesting success of great crested flycatchers Myiarchus crinitus were almost identical between nest boxes (37% survival for 32 nests) and tree cavities (38% for 27 nests). Success was higher in boxes in 1997 (53%), but lower in 1998 (26%), due to increased predation during the incubation period. The height of nest boxes and habitat variables did not appear to influence occupation rates of nest boxes, with 32 of 160 boxes across eight plots occupied over the two years.


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