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      Temporal differences in breeding site use between tits and mice

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          ABSTRACT Describing the interactions among cavity breeders is key to understanding their breeding ecology. In this study the temporal difference in cavity use between the great tit, Parus major (Linnaeus, 1758) and the small Japanese field mice, Apodemus argenteus (Temminck, 1845) is investigated, as a first step for clarifying the interaction between bird and mammal cavity breeders. Forty-seven nest boxes were installed on tree trunks in two urban forests of Hokkaido Island, Japan, and the breeding nests of tits and mice were found in 34 and 11 boxes, respectively. The tits used the nest boxes throughout the breeding season, from May to July. In contrast, mice breeding nests were found in the last half of the breeding season, from July to October. Our results showed that field mice rarely used boxes during the tits’ breeding season. This study provides important information, such as temporal differences in breeding site use between tits and mice.

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                Journal
                zool
                Zoologia (Curitiba)
                Zoologia (Curitiba)
                Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia (Curitiba, PR, Brazil )
                1984-4670
                1984-4689
                2017
                : 34
                Affiliations
                Obihiro Hokkaidō orgnameObihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine orgdiv1Laboratory of Wildlife Ecology Japan
                Nagasaki orgnameJapan Fisheries Research and Education Agency orgdiv1Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute Japan
                Morioka Tōhoku orgnameIwate University orgdiv1The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences Japan
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                S1984-46702017000100500 S1984-4670(17)03400000500
                10.3897/zoologia.34.e14882

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