A starling-deterrent wood duck nest box

Journal of Wildlife Management
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In many parts of the United States, the starling (Sturnus vulgaris) has I become a serious competitor for nest boxes erected for wood ducks (Aix sponsa). Research at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland, demonstrated that horizontal nest structures with semicircular entrance holes 11 inches in diameter were acceptable to nesting wood ducks but discouraged nesting by starlings. Starlings seemed to prefer boxes in open impoundments to those in wooded impoundments, whereas wood ducks seemed to show no preference.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A starling-deterrent wood duck nest box
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 35
Issue 4
Year Published 1971
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 793-797
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 793
Last page 797