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The hole saw method for accessing woodpecker nestlings during developmental studies

Ibarzabal Jacques et Tremblay Junior A.. (2006). The hole saw method for accessing woodpecker nestlings during developmental studies. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 43, (2), p. 235-238.

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A method allowing the easy access of nestlings of cavity nesting species is outlined. Briefly, a hole saw fitted to an 18-V cordless drill is used to cut a hole between 5 cm and 8 cm below the cavity entrance. The aperture created allows extraction of nestlings by hand. After manipulation, the wooden disk cut during the formation of the hole is wrapped with duct tape, fitted into the hole and secured in place with two screws. The technique was tested on 25 occupied black-backed woodpecker cavities. No mortality occurred during the drilling process, no nest was abandoned and adults returned to feed nestlings within a few minutes of completion of the manipulations. Furthermore, some opened cavities were reused, either by black-backed woodpeckers or by secondary cavity nesters, suggesting that the nests conserved their natural aspect.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
ISSN:0003455X (ISSN)
Volume:43
Numéro:2
Pages:p. 235-238
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:2006
Sujets:Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences naturelles > Biologie et autres sciences connexes
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences fondamentales
Mots-clés:bird, nestling, research, Picoides arcticus, nesting success, cavity nesting
Déposé le:06 juin 2017 13:33
Dernière modification:06 juin 2017 13:33
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