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Aves, 16/2 | 1979 | 49-58

Delmée, E., Dachy, P. & Simon, P.

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During about 20 years the checking of Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) nest boxes, made mainly in a large forest area of the Belgian Ardennes (Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse) and then in woods and parks in the western Hainaut allowed us to prove the adoption of these nest boxes by other species, either to take shelter or to breed. These species, which could not find natural cavities, proved that way their great adaptability. At Oignies, a forest area, 5 species have regulary been recorded : the Great Tit (Parus major), the Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), the Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), the Pine Marten (Martes martes) and the Wasp (Vespa sylvestris). The other species are occasional. In the open woods and parks of the western Hainaut these big nest boxes, initially designed for birds of prey, are often occupated by the Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) and the Stock dove (Columba oenas) among others, two species less frequent in dense forest area

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