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Nest Site Selection by the Exotic Chestnut Mannikin (Lonchura malacca) in Puerto Rico
Joanna Burger and Michael Gochfeld
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 364-368
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2388288
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Chestnut mannikin (Lonchura malacca), an Estrildine finch recently introduced in Puerto Rico, is a widespread Southeast Asian species. In its native habitat it frequently nests in vegetation over water, but in Puerto Rico it usually nests in dense sugar cane. In a marsh ecosystem in Humacao, mannikins nest in clumps of Cyperus spp. growing on top of stumps in a lagoon (depth = 50 cm). Their nests are in sedge clumps that are in shallower water and on higher stumps, and that are taller, wider and denser than clumps without mannikin nests. Nests were usually placed on the south side of the clump, with the entrance facing open water. The predator protection offered by nesting over water may account for nests being placed in relatively open sites.
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