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European Rabbits as Potential Least Tern Nest Predators
Lauren E. Nolfo-Clements and Mark D. Clements
Vol. 18, No. 2 (2011), pp. 243-246
Published by: Eagle Hill Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41315955
Page Count: 4
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After the complete destruction of a Sterna antillarum (Least Tern) nesting colony on Lovells Island in Boston Harbor in 2007, we set remote-sensing cameras over artificial tern nests in an effort to identify potential nest predators. In addition to Corvus brachyrhynchos (American Crows) and Rattus norvegicus (Brown Rats), Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbits) were photographed burying eggs and destroying artificial nests. These observations indicate that introduced European Rabbits on islands may have a direct impact on nesting terns.
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