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Characteristics of Ponderosa Pine Snags Used by Cavity - Nesting Birds in Arizona

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In the Southwest, ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Laws.) snags are important as nest sites for cavity-nesting birds. A study in Arizona found that birds selected snags that were greater than 15 inches in d.b.h. and taller than 75 feet. Preferred snags had more than 40 percent bark cover and had been dead six or more years.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wildlife Research Biologist, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Research Center, Denver, Colorado

Publication date: January 1, 1978

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