Rhinoceros auklets Cerorhinca monocerata use artificial nest burrows provided on an island in Washington State, USA.

  • Published source details Wilson U.W. (1993) Rhinoceros auklet burrow use, breeding success, and chick growth: gull-free vs. gull-occupied habitat. Journal of Field Ornithology, 64, 256-261


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Provide artificial nesting sites for burrow-nesting seabirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for burrow-nesting seabirds

    A replicated trial on an island in Washington State, USA, in 1989-91 (Wilson 1993), found that rhinoceros auklets Cerorhinca monocerata used an average of 91% of 40 artificial burrows provided, with 58% of burrows (64% of occupied burrows) producing chicks. There were no differences in use or productivity between burrows in areas occupied by glaucous-winged gulls Larus glaucescens and those without gulls. Artificial burrows were of the same design as in Wilson 1986, with 20 spread over approximately 300 m of cliff.


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