Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): Richard M. DeGraaf; Thomas J. Maier
    Date: 2001
    Source: Journal of Field Ornithology 72(1);124-130
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
    PDF: Download Publication  (482.23 KB)


    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) eggs are useful in artificial nest experiments because they are approximately the same size and shell thickness as those of many forest passerines. House Sparrow eggs can be readily collected in quantity by providing nest boxes in active livestock barns. We collected over 1200 eggs in three years (320-567 per year) from a colony of about 24 breeding pairs by providing 60 nest boxes. Eggs dry-refrigerated at 8-9?C lost mass after 2 weeks, whereas eggs submerged in sodium silicate solution at 8-9?C remained fresh for 2 months until deployment. Eggs stored in sodium silicate solution should be rinsed with clean water before use.

    Publication Notes

    • 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, 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.


    DeGraaf, Richard M.; Maier, Thomas J. 2001. Obtaining and Storing House Sparrow Eggs in Quantity for Nest-Predation Experiments. Journal of Field Ornithology 72(1);124-130

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page