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1 September 2015 Unusual Behavior in Parental Care by a House Wren (Troglodytes aedon): Post Fledging Use of an Old Nest During Cold Nights
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I report on the unusual behavior of an adult House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) leading recently fledged young back to the nest for two consecutive nights. The ambient temperature reached below 0°C during both nights. Despite disadvantages associated with remaining in the nest, this observation suggests that adult birds may assess trade-offs between perceived risks versus the benefits of engaging in other activities, in this case roosting communally for thermoregulation.

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Micah N. Scholer "Unusual Behavior in Parental Care by a House Wren (Troglodytes aedon): Post Fledging Use of an Old Nest During Cold Nights," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127(3), 545-547, (1 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1676/14-083.1
Received: 19 June 2014; Accepted: 1 February 2015; Published: 1 September 2015
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