Study on the response of common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) towards artificial nests in selected sites of Peshawar city
Keywords:Artificial nests, common Myna, reproductive success, breeding season
The objective of this paper is to analyze the response of common myna to artificial nest boxes placed at different sites in Peshawar city i.e. University Town, Rahat Abad, Qadir Abad, and Palosi Road Peshawar respectively. Where a large increase in the population of common myna was noticed. The artificial nests were designed with dimensions of 56 x 22 cm and 21 x 16 cm with respective openings of 8 cm and 7 cm. A total of 28 artificial nests were installed in the breeding season of common myna. Therein 18 nest boxes were found attempted by common myna. 45 eggs were found in the attempted nest boxes. Early hatching of eggs was observed at Site-C. The success percentage of the installed nests was about 64.28 %. Competition and disturbances viz kite, crow, and woodpecker were observed. It is impossible to get a complete picture of the reproductive success of common myna in artificial nests in urban and suburban areas. However, nest box replacement may be one of the solutions to enhance the population of birds in spite of all disturbances.
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