House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) do not make good neighbours: Interspecific clutch destruction of Common Swifts (Apus apus)

In: Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution
Amnonn Hahn Friends Of The Swifts, 39 Sde Boker St., Givatayim, Israel

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Reuven Yosef Eilat Campus, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 272, Eilat 88106, Israel

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Following extensive renovation of urban areas of central Israel, and in the framework of a research project of supplying nest-boxes for urban breeding birds, especially Common Swifts Apus apus, we documented interspecific nest destruction by House Sparrows Passer domesticus. In two separate incidents the House Sparrows entered the nest chamber of the swifts and removed the eggs by puncturing them. In one, the incident occurred early enough in the breeding season and allowed the Common Swift pair to renest and successfully fledge two young.

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