Study

The effect of pasture on starling (Sturnus vulgaris) breeding success and population density in a heterogeneous agricultural landscape in southern Sweden

  • Published source details Smith H.G. & Bruun M. (2002) The effect of pasture on starling (Sturnus vulgaris) breeding success and population density in a heterogeneous agricultural landscape in southern Sweden. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 92, 107-114.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide nest boxes for birds

Action Link
Farmland Conservation
  1. Provide nest boxes for birds

    A replicated study of common starling Sturnus vulgaris nest boxes in southern Sweden (Smith & Bruun 2002) found that nest success within boxes was high and was related to the amount of pasture available. There were between 1 and 8 (average 4) breeding attempts initiated in each colony of eight boxes. Only 8% of 609 nests failed during laying or incubation and an additional 5% during nestling rearing. Breeding attempts and the proportion of hatchlings that fledged increased and nest failures decreased with an increase of pasture in the surrounding area. In 1994, 19 breeding colonies of a row of eight nest boxes on trees (5-10 m apart, 1.8 m above ground) were established. An additional 13 colonies were installed in 1996-1998. Nest boxes were visited every 1-2 days to record egg-laying, hatching and fledging.

     

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