Artificial nest box use by the North Island saddleback: Effects of nest box design and mite infestations on nest site selection and reproductive success

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dc.contributor.author Stamp R.K. en
dc.contributor.author Brunton D.H. en
dc.contributor.author Walter B. en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T06:09:48Z en
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T06:09:48Z en
dc.date.issued 2002 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Journal of Zoology 29 (4), 285-292. 2002 en
dc.identifier.issn 0301-4223 en
dc.identifier.other eid=2-s2.0-0036962402 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/4951 en
dc.description An open access copy of this article is available from the publishers website. en
dc.description.abstract The importance of artificial nest boxes for North Island saddlebacks (Philesturnus carunculatus rufusater) on Tiritiri Matangi Island has increased significantly, suggesting that "natural" nesting cavities are now a limited resource for this growing population. The design and position of artificial nest boxes directly affects the likelihood of saddleback use for nesting: small boxes (0.005 and 0.01 m3) with large (140-160 mm high) north facing openings had the highest probability of being used. One of the disadvantages of using artificial nest boxes in conservation management is the potential for parasite build-up. Two species of mesostigmatid mites were found in the artificial nest boxes used by saddlebacks on Tiritiri Matangi Island. One was an undescribed species of Dermanyssid mite the other was Ornithonyssus bursa, the fowl mite. The numbers of mites detected increased over the saddleback nesting cycle from September to December. However, our results strongly suggest that, for saddlebacks, no negative correlations exist between mite abundance and chick weight, fledging date, or the number of fledglings produced. Mite abundance was extremely variable and did not correlate with nest box temperature or relative humidity. en
dc.publisher Royal Society Of New Zealand en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Journal of Zoology en
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dc.source.uri http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/publications/journals/nzjz/2002/030 en
dc.title Artificial nest box use by the North Island saddleback: Effects of nest box design and mite infestations on nest site selection and reproductive success en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::270000 Biological Sciences::270500 Zoology en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 285 en
pubs.volume 29 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Royal Society of New Zealand en
pubs.end-page 292 en


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