Occupancy rates and nesting success of European storm-petrels breeding inside artificial nest-boxes

Authors

  • Ana de León Ornithology Group, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow
  • Eduardo Mínguez Conselleria de Medio Ambiente - Departamento de Biología Aplicada, División de Ecología, Universidad Miguel Hernández

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2003.67s2109

Keywords:

nesting success, European storm-petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, nest-boxes, occupancy rates, Procellariiformes, Benidorm Island

Abstract


We report on occupancy rates and nesting success of European storm-petrels Hydrobates pelagicus breeding in artificial nest-boxes for five years. Plastic nest-boxes were installed inside two natural caves on the island of Benidorm (western Mediterranean), where breeding colonies of the species occur. The location of nest-boxes was (a) over exposed natural nests or (b) at sites without nests, but usually close to them. Nest-boxes were visited during the breeding season following installation, when only nest-boxes over old nests were occupied. Occupancy rates in both types of nest-box increased gradually year after year, reaching 29% in the fifth year. Nesting success of pairs breeding inside boxes was higher than nesting success of pairs breeding at natural sites.

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Published

2003-07-30

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de León A, Mínguez E. Occupancy rates and nesting success of European storm-petrels breeding inside artificial nest-boxes. scimar [Internet]. 2003Jul.30 [cited 2021Jan.24];67(S2):109-12. Available from: http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/553

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