​Bell miner nesting preferences: Does micro-climate affect success?

Despite the studies already undertaken, little is known about the reasons behind their habitat choice and reasons for dispersal. In order to better understand the relationship between bell miner activities and the potential for them to contribute towards tree dieback, and the reasons behind any dispersal and colony movements that may occur, it is necessary to determine why this species chooses certain plant species for nesting. A previous study found that bell miners nest in the understorey, possibly because the plant species growing there have dense foliage which could be a protective cover that reduces the negative effect of microclimates. However, it is unknown why bell miners choose the understorey to nest in and whether microclimate has any affect on nest success.