• 6397_Parau

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  • Liviu G. Pârâu (Corresponding author)
  • Sjouke A. Kingma
  • Simon E. Weigl
  • Hannah L. Dugdale
  • Catherine M. Lessells
  • Julia Schroeder
Sleeping in the nest at the beginning of the breeding season is common for birds nesting in cavities. Here, we report evidence that European Bee-eaters Merops apiaster sleep in pairs in the nesting burrow. In 3.2% of the nest checks, we found two individuals sleeping together. This behaviour ceased once hatching started. A decrease in the number of birds at a communal roost coincided with the incidences of pair-sleeping and initiation of egg-laying. Thus, checking the burrows of European Bee-eaters at the beginning of the breeding season increases the chance of observing pair-sleeping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1119-1122
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ornithology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

    Research areas

  • international

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