Somehow, female birds manage to hold their families together despite predators, harsh conditions and sometimes, a less-than-attentive partner.
Artificial habitats are becoming more advanced, but they’re not a silver bullet.
The heaviest bird nest ever discovered weighed more than 2,000kg. It was built by bald eagles. The tiniest nest, built by a bee hummingbird, was just over 2cm wide.
A world-first study inspected 900 bird nest specimens from 1823 to 2018. The types of debris the birds use reflect changes in Australian society over time.
Plus a new technique to protect birds from predators – using fake smells. Listen to episode 10 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
A trace fossil of an iguana burrow was discovered on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Estimated to be 115,000 years old, it is the first known fossil of its kind.
We found plastic waste in pellets seabirds regurgitated and lining the nests where they raise chicks.
Powerful owls need old, hollowed-out trees to nest in, but humans keep chopping them down. Now, designers have partnered up with ecologists to build them high tech artificial nests.
We need to understand what a swallow’s nest is really for – and it is not mainly for sleeping.