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1 September 2012 Breeding Biology of the Southern House Wren on Chiloé Island, Southern Chile
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We studied the breeding biology of a Southern House Wren (Troglodytes aedon chilensis) population using nest boxes on Chiloé Island, southern Chile (41° S) to make latitudinal comparisons at the intraspecific level. There were no significant differences in body size between adult males and females, although wings were significantly longer in males. Clutch size averaged 4.3 eggs per nest, and brood size was 3.9 nestlings. Egg size averaged 17.3 mm in length and 13.2 mm in width. Incubation and nestling periods averaged 16 days each. The Southern House Wren on Chiloé Island has a larger clutch size than in the tropics, but a smaller clutch size than populations at the same latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern House Wren has larger eggs and a longer incubation period but a similar nestling period as House Wrens in the Northern Hemisphere.

Silvina Ippi, Rodrigo A. Vásquez, Juan Moreno, Santiago Merino, and Camila P. Villavicencio "Breeding Biology of the Southern House Wren on Chiloé Island, Southern Chile," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(3), (1 September 2012). https://doi.org/10.1676/11-143.1
Received: 23 August 2011; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 1 September 2012
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