SCHOPPERS J (2020) Magpies Pica pica nesting on buildings. LIMOSA 93 (2): 82-88.
In the spring of 2016, a pair of Magpies bred successfully
at Nijmegen Central Station. Nesting on buildings is rare
in the Netherlands and probably also in the rest of Europe.
Via online requests the author collected other observations
of Magpies nesting on buildings. Information on fifteen
nesting attempts on buildings and three nesting attempts
on other man-made structures was obtained (Tab. 1). Most
nests were constructed on relatively new, high and solitary
buildings. Supporting and pipe constructions and ledges
were most popular as nesting sites. Magpies possibly prefer
modern over older building. Most nests were open instead
of domed. Breeding success was similar to nests in trees,
although the sample size for Magpies nesting on buildings
was small. In some cases, nesting locations were used during
several years. Magpies increasingly use urban habitats,
which might explain the increase in the cases of nesting
attempts on buildings.
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