Nest survival of Great Tit Parus major in spatial and temporal gradient


  • Dejan Bordjan
  • Davorin Tome



Great Tit, nest survival, altitude, Slovenia


The aim of the study was to compare nest survival of Great Tit between different regions, altitudes and years to discern which has the highest influence. Temperature is known to be prominent for breeding parameters and it changes consistently with altitude. Our hypothesis was that altitude has greater influence on nest survival than the region and year. Breeding parameters were monitored with the use of nestboxes over a three year period at three altitude belts in two regions. The main factor influencing nesting success was modelled using daily survival rate in the program MARK. We gathered data from 104 first nesting attempts of which 26 failed. Although nest failure increased with altitude this was significant only for one region. There was significant difference in nest failure between the regions but not between the years. Modelling showed higher support in data for regions than for altitudes and years thus rejecting the hypothesis. Some possible reasons for such results are discussed.


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Bordjan, D., & Tome, D. (2013). Nest survival of Great Tit Parus major in spatial and temporal gradient. Acta Biologica Slovenica, 56(1), 55-63.

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