Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology

Volume

127

Issue

3

Publisher

Wilson Ornithological Society

Publication Date

9-1-2015

First Page

545

Last Page

547

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1676/14-083.1

Abstract

I report on the unusual behavior of an adult House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) leading recently fledged young back to the nest for two consecutive nights. The ambient temperature reached below 0°C during both nights. Despite disadvantages associated with remaining in the nest, this observation suggests that adult birds may assess trade-offs between perceived risks versus the benefits of engaging in other activities, in this case roosting communally for thermoregulation.

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