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Characteristics of and competition for nest sites by the Rüppell's Parrot, Poicephalus ruepelli

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A knowledge of the nesting requirements of Rüppell's Parrot can aid its conservation. Nests were found during 17 months of fieldwork in Namibia and characteristics of the sites are reported here. Nests were found in woodpecker cavities. 72% of the nests were in three tree species: Faidherbia albida, Acacia erioloba and Combretum imberbe, and 72% were in live branches. Relatively large trees were used and the entrance holes were generally tight-fitting for the birds. Both sexes worked to further excavate a cavity. Comments are included regarding territoriality, relationships with other cavity-nesting species and nest site limitation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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