Installation of artificial nests and response of Indian house sparrows Passer domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in urban and rural areas near Nagpur, Maharashtra
A V Dorlikar, P N Charde
The present study was conducted from October, 2016 to October, 2021 in the urban and rural areas of Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. In urban areas artificial nests were placed at RajBhavan area, RTMNU campus area, Sevadal Mahila Mahavidyalaya premises and in rural area at Narsala, Sevadal Mahila Mahavidyalaya’s girls hostel premises which is a residential area. In this study, 150 wooden nests were erected on the trees at the height of 3 to 10 meters. Overall occupancy of the artificial nest by the house sparrow was reported to be 74% whereas 18% of the artificial nests were occupied by other species of birds like Magpie Robin, Indian Robin, Scaly breasted Munia, Silver billed Munia, Brahminy Myna, Common Myna, Rose- ringed parakeet etc. 8% of the installed artificial nests remained unoccupied. Study showed the 92% and 89% acceptance rate of artificial nests by the birds in rural and urban areas respectively. Breeding and reproductive success rate in these artificial nests was observed to be 71%.
A V Dorlikar, P N Charde. Installation of artificial nests and response of Indian house sparrows Passer domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in urban and rural areas near Nagpur, Maharashtra. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2021, Pages 8-11