BUILD A NEST AND THEY WILL COME!

BUILD A NEST AND THEY WILL COME!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we wanted to talk birds! We met some birds who do some fancy building when they are looking for a mate! First up- the Bowerbird!

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  • Male Bowerbirds build large courtship sites.
  • They build a tunnel like avenue and courtyard called a bower!
  • Bowerbirds live in Australia.
  • A female will inspect the bower and decide if the male is worth mating with.
  • Watch this video by David Attenborough about these birds!
  • Scientists also think Bowerbirds make an optical illusion with their bowers! These birds are soooo cool!

 

Meet the Hammerkop

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  • Hammerkops live in Africa and Madagascar.
  • A pair of hammerkops build a nest together.
  • The nests can be up to 5ft across, can have many chambers and weigh up to 55 lbs.
  • They are wading birds.
  • They build the largest nest of any bird in Africa.
  • Abandon nests are used by many other species.

These two species of birds are quiet amazing! That is loads of work to attract a mate and have chicks! We are tired just thinking about all that nest building! Anyone out there planning on building a nest for their Valentine this year?

 

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