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Use of nest-boxes by the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata): Implications for reproductive success and research

Griffith, Simon C.; Pryke, Sarah; Mariette, Mylene M.

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Nest-boxes have been used widely and for many decades in Europe and North America to increase avian reproductive success in species management and conservation programs and to increase the amenability and efficiency with which a species can be studied. Here we describe the establishment of a breeding population of Zebra Finches using nest-boxes in semi-arid, far-western New South Wales, over three breeding seasons (2005-07). The nest-boxes were used readily by Zebra Finches, with a total of 572...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGriffith, Simon C.
dc.contributor.authorPryke, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorMariette, Mylene M.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:55:19Z
dc.identifier.issn0158-4197
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/82478
dc.description.abstractNest-boxes have been used widely and for many decades in Europe and North America to increase avian reproductive success in species management and conservation programs and to increase the amenability and efficiency with which a species can be studied. Here we describe the establishment of a breeding population of Zebra Finches using nest-boxes in semi-arid, far-western New South Wales, over three breeding seasons (2005-07). The nest-boxes were used readily by Zebra Finches, with a total of 572 breeding attempts recorded in this study. After the introduction of nest-boxes, nearly all breeding attempts were made in these artificial cavities. Zebra Finches breeding in natural nests are prone to high levels of nest predation (>60% in previous studies), but such predation was almost completely eliminated with nest-boxes, with <2% of nests being depredated. Not surprisingly, the reproductive success of pairs breeding in nest-boxes (58% of nests successfully fledged at least one young) was significantly higher than in the natural nests monitored at the same sites in a previous year, and by comparison with previous studies of the same species in other localities across Australia. Our study of the Zebra Finch, a laboratory model used throughout the world, shows the effectiveness of artificial nest-boxes at decreasing levels of predation in the wild and increasing the capacity for research.
dc.publisherRoyal Australasian Ornithologists Union
dc.sourceEmu
dc.subjectKeywords: breeding population; community ecology; comparative study; laboratory method; nest box; nest predation; passerine; reproductive success; semiarid region; species conservation; Australasia; Australia; Aves; Taeniopygia guttata Artificial cavity; Cavity nest; Reproductive ecology
dc.titleUse of nest-boxes by the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata): Implications for reproductive success and research
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume108
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor060201 - Behavioural Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB10733
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGriffith, Simon C., Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationPryke, Sarah, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMariette, Mylene M., Macquarie University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage311
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage319
local.identifier.doi10.1071/MU08033
local.identifier.absseo970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:37:04Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-57649212011
local.identifier.thomsonID000261516100005
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