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Individual study: Legislative protection reduces nest take of wild parrots and may increase nest survival

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Pain D.J., Martins T.L.F., Boussekey M., Diaz S.H., Downs C.T., Ekstrom J.M.M., Garnett S., Gilardi J.D., McNiven D., Primot P., Rouys S., Saoumoe S., Symes C.T., Tamungang S.A. & Theuerkauf J. (2006) Impact of protection on nest take and nesting success of parrots in Africa, Asia and Australasia. Animal Conservation, 9, 322-330

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A literature review and meta-analysis (Pain et al. 2006) found that protective legislation reduced nest-take (the percentage of nests from which chicks were removed by people) in wild parrots and may increase nest success. Across 20 species-country combinations, medium (involving either national or local protection) and high (involving both) levels of protection significantly reduced nest-take between 4.5 and 50 times compared to low levels of protection (unenforced, ambiguous or absent local or national protection). These results excluded a Nigerian study based on trapper surveys and with 100% nest-take, but included Australian data – Australia being the most developed country in the analysis and with a disproportionate number of studies. If both countries were excluded then medium and high protection resulted in a significant (170%) increase in nest success. However, if all data were included then there was a non-significant increase in nest success.