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1 July 2013 Nest Success and Nest site Selection of Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) in East-central Illinois
Nathan C. Hudson, Eric K. Bollinger
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We examined nest success and nest site selection of red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) in east-central Illinois. Overall nest success, estimated from a constant survival logistic-exposure model, was 56%. Cavities at greater height had greater success and daily survival rates increased with nest age. We also compared habitat variables at nest and random sites. Red-headed woodpeckers nested more frequently in snags than expected and habitat surrounding nest cavity trees had more cavities than habitat surrounding random trees, which were generally taller than nest cavity trees. Thus, the immediate preservation or creation of large diameter snags and snags high above the ground will likely improve nesting habitat and nest success of red-headed woodpeckers.

2013, American Midland Naturalist
Nathan C. Hudson and Eric K. Bollinger "Nest Success and Nest site Selection of Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) in East-central Illinois," The American Midland Naturalist 170(1), 86-94, (1 July 2013). https://doi.org/10.1674/0003-0031-170.1.86
Received: 27 August 2010; Accepted: 1 October 2012; Published: 1 July 2013
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