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Individual study: Post-fledging survival of barn owls Tyto alba hatched in nest boxes versus church towers in Hungary

Published source details

Klein A., Nagy T., Csörgő T. & Mátics R. (2007) Exterior nest-boxes may negatively affect barn owl Tyto alba survival: an ecological trap. Bird Conservation International, 17, 273-281


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Provide owl nest boxes (Tawny owl, Barn owl) Farmland Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in Hungary in 1995-2003 (Klein et al. 2007) using ring-recapture data found that juvenile barn owls Tyto alba fledged from nest boxes were significantly less likely to be recovered alive than those reared in church towers (25% of 75 nest box-reared birds recovered alive one year after fledging vs 40% of 116 church tower-raised birds). This difference in survival was only apparent in the first year after fledging, with similar proportions being recovered six years after fledging (28% of nest box-reared birds vs 41% of church tower-raised birds).

 

 

Provide artificial nesting sites for owls Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in Hungary in 1995-2003 (Klein et al. 2007) using ring-recapture data found that juvenile barn owls Tyto alba fledged from nest boxes were significantly less likely to be recovered alive than those reared in church towers (25% of 75 nest box-reared birds recovered alive one year after fledging vs. 40% of 116 church tower-raised birds). This difference in survival was only apparent in the first year after fledging, with similar proportions being recovered six years after fledging (28% of nest box-reared birds vs. 41% of church tower-raised birds).