Urban gulls and kite sparrows


Two short reports on nest site selection in BirdLife Sweden’s research journal Ornis Svecica deliver one piece of ornithological news and discussion of one well-known but under-studied phenomenon:

Klaudia Litwiniak & Marcin Przymencki were ringing Red Kite (Milvus milvus) nestlings in Poland when they heard begging bird chicks of a smaller make. After some searching, they discovered that the calls came from Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) chicks in a nest embedded in the kite’s twig nest. This is the first documentation of Tree Sparrows breeding in a nest of a Red Kite, but the species has previously been found building their nests within twig nests of for example Black Kite and White Stork. Possibly, the unusual choice of nesting site could offer some extra protection against nest predators. Read more at https://doi.org/10.34080/os.v29.20022.


César Chávez Villavicencio & Fernanda Márquez Bahamonde surveyed Mew Gulls (Larus canus) breeding on the roofs of residential buildings in Malmö, in southern Sweden. They interviewed residents about their attitudes toward their winged neighbours, and not everyone was happy, as the gulls were perceived to be noisy, dirtying the roofs, and sometimes aggressive when defending their chicks. The authors call for further studies of how to achieve a good neighborliness. Read more at https://doi.org/10.34080/os.v29.19924.


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