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Behavior of Puerto Rican parrots during failed nesting attempts

January 1, 1997

We compared patterns of nesting behavior of four pairs of Puerto Rican Parrots (Amazona vittata) that experienced failed nesting attempts to behavior of four pairs of parrots that experienced no substantial nest problems and successfully fledged young without management intervention. Only changes in female parrots' behavior were clearly associated with nest failure. During incubation, decreases in nest attendance, increases in duration of recesses, and increases in frequency of nest entries by female parrots were associated with imminent abandonment of nests. During early chick rearing, similar behavior was associated with the loss of broods. Low nest attendance and long recesses by female parrots during incubation were also associated with successful hatching of eggs followed by death of young several days later. The behavior patterns and changes in Puerto Rican Parrot nesting behavior described in this paper may alert biologists to nest problems that might be mitigated by management intervention.

Publication Year 1997
Title Behavior of Puerto Rican parrots during failed nesting attempts
Authors K.A. Wilson, M.H. Wilson, R. Field
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title The Wilson Bulletin
Index ID 5223298
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center