Nest box orientation affects internal temperature and nest site selection by tree swallows

  • Published source details Ardia D.R., Pérez J.H. & Clotfelter E.D. (2006) Nest box orientation affects internal temperature and nest site selection by tree swallows. Journal of Field Ornithology, 77, 339-344.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated study in open farmland in Massachusetts, USA (Ardia et al. 2006), found that tree swallows Tachycineta bicolor occupied 55% of 153 nest boxes provided in 2004, with an average of five eggs/clutch. Swallows preferentially selected east- and south-facing nest boxes before June, but used nest boxes based on availability later in the summer. East- and south- facing boxes heated up faster in the morning, but only early in the breeding season.


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