Characteristics of and competition for nest sites by the Rüppell\'s Parrot, Poicephalus ruepelli

  • Richard Selman Research Centre for African Parrot Conservation, School of Botany and Zoology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa <br> Present address: c/o Wildlife and Conservation Office, Department of Agricu
  • Mike Perrin Research Centre for African Parrot Conservation, School of Botany and Zoology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Margaret Hunter Research Centre for African Parrot Conservation, School of Botany and Zoology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa <br> Present address: c/o Wildlife and Conservation Office, Department of Agricu
Keywords: Rüppell\'s Parrot, Poicephalus ruepelli

Abstract

A knowledge of the nesting requirements of Rüppell\'s Parrot can aid its conservation. Nests were found during 17 months of fieldwork in Namibia and characteristics of the sites are reported here. Nests were found in woodpecker cavities. 72% of the nests were in three tree species: Faidherbia albida, Acacia erioloba and Combretum imberbe,and 72% were in live branches. Relatively large trees were used and the entrance holes were generally tight-fitting for the birds. Both sexes worked to further excavate a cavity. Comments are included regarding territoriality, relationships with other cavity-nesting species and nest site limitation.

Ostrich 2004, 75(3): 8994
Published
2005-01-14
Section
Articles

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