8 Birds with Remarkable Nests

It is not only natural for humans to build beautiful abodes to live in but there are also some birds in the world which build their nests amazingly. They make their nests in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some live in branch holes, some on the top of the trees and some make hovering cups in tree branches. From the tiny humming bird to the massive one, every bird interlaces the straws and branches to make it suitable for living but these 8 birds weave their nests remarkably.

1. Sociable weaver

The sociable weaver or the social weaver is a species of bird in the Passeridae family common to Southern Africa. They are the largest built by any bird and often look like massive haystacks in trees. The birds construct permanent nests that house more than 100 pairs of weavers.

2. Baya weaver

The baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. These birds make their nests from thin strips of leaves and reeds.

3. Montezuma Oropendola

The Montezuma oropendola is a New World tropical icterid bird. It is a colonial breeder that builds nests high in tree canopies. The nests are made of woven vines and fibers, and they range in size from 24 inches to 71 inches long.

4. Barn swallows

Barn Swallows often cruise low, flying just a few inches above the ground or water. True to their name, they build their cup-shaped mud nests almost exclusively on the sides of structures like barns, which is how they earned their name.

5. European penduline

The Eurasian penduline tit or European penduline tit is a passerine bird of the genus Remiz. They build elaborate hanging nests. The nests are tightly woven and so strong that they’ve been used as purses and children’s shoes.

6. Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds and many passerines choose safe, sheltered locations for their cup shaped nests. The most common nest locations are in the forked branch of a tree, along thin plant branches or sheltered in bushes. Most of these nests are made from pliable materials like grasses, and many birds use spider silk in their construction.

7. Caspian terns

The Caspian tern is a species of tern, with a sub cosmopolitan but scattered distribution. They build a type of nest known as a scrape. It's typically a shallow depression lined with stones, shells and vegetation.

8. Harris hawk

The Harris hawk often builds nests on cacti, and it’s the largest bird that makes a home on a saguaro cactus. Nests are constructed from sticks, roots and leaves and placed about 50 feet off the ground. The hawk is able to nest on the cactus by standing on the back of its talons to avoid needles.
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