Data from: Determinants of between-year burrow re-occupation in a colony of the European Bee-eater Merops apiaster

Vera Brust, Hans-Valentin Bastian, Anita Bastian & Tim Schmoll
Re-occupation of existing nesting burrows in the European bee-eater Merops apiaster has only rarely – and if so mostly anecdotically – been documented in the literature record, although such behavior would substantially save time and energy. In this study, we quantify burrow re-occupation in a German colony over a period of eleven years and identify ecological variables determining reuse probability. Of 179 recorded broods, 54% took place in a reused burrow and the overall probability...
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