Nests: Types, Construction, and Challenges

Nests are one of the most impressive aspects of bird behavior and breeding biology.

April 6, 2022

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Nests: Types, Construction, and Challenges


This episode is all about bird nests. There are tons of fun facts fun facts here, since nests are one of the more impressive aspects of bird behavior and breeding biology.

We’ll go over the functions of nests, the challenges that nesting birds face, nest site selection, the many types of nests, and nest construction.

That’s a lot to cover, but I’ll try to keep this at more of an overview level. This is sort of Bird Nests 101.

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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus bruneicapillus) at nest. Photo by James Metcalf/Adobe
Horned Lark female (Eremophila alpestris) on nest. Photo by Warren Garst/Wikimedia
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) on nest. Photo by Katja Schulz/Wikimedia
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) on the floor of a garage.
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) on the nest. Public Domain image
Baya Weavers (Proceus phillipinus) in a breeding colony. Photo by Mildeep/Wikimedia


  • Mourning Dove sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC638304)
  • Baya Weaver sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC369462)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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