Skip to Main Content
Avoiding the nest : responses of field sparrows to the threat of nest predationAuthor(s): Dirk E. Burhans
Source: Auk. Vol. 117, no. 3 (July 2000).:p. 803-806.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
PDF: Download Publication (1.64 MB)
DescriptionNest predation is a major source of reproductive failure in birds (Ricklefs 1969, Martin 1992). Birds confronted with an enemy near the nest may use behaviors to deter the prospect of nest predation. The benefits of nest defense have been shown for many agressive species (Martin 1992), but smaller birds that cannot deter predators may need to resort to other behaviors to reduce predation risk. These other behaviors include mobbing (Curio 1978), injury feigning and distraction displays (Gochfeld 1984), and actions to draw prospective predators from the nest (Greig-Smith 1980, East 1981, Knight and Temple 1986).
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, email@example.com if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationBurhans, Dirk E. 2000. Avoiding the nest : responses of field sparrows to the threat of nest predation. Auk. Vol. 117, no. 3 (July 2000).:p. 803-806.
KeywordsNests, Predation, Birds, Defense mechanisms
- A new method for wireless video monitoring of bird nests
- Facultative nest patch shifts in response to nest predation risk in the Brewer's sparrow: a "win-stay, lose-switch" strategy?
- Chapter 7: Breeding and Natal Dispersal, Nest Habitat Loss and Implications for Marbled Murrelet Populations
XML: View XML