Unusual behavior in the parental care of 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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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Unusual behavior in the parental care of a house wren (Troglodytes aedon): Post fledging use of an old nest during cold nights
Series title Wilson Journal of Ornithology
DOI 10.1676/14-083.1
Volume 127
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher The Wilson Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 545
Last page 547
Country United States
State Oregon
County Harney County
Other Geospatial Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area
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