Even An Ostrich Needs a Nestby Irene Kelly (Author, Illustrator)
What do birds need to build nests?
Did you know that some birds like the Murres don’t build a nest at all! These seabirds lay eggs straight on the edges of cliffs. The Murres don’t worry about their eggs rolling off the cliff because these eggs are pointy and roll into a tight circle when nudged. Cuckoos and Cowbirds don’t build nests too. But these sneaky birds cheat! They lay their eggs in other birds’ nests!
Small birds like the Hummingbird needs small nests because their eggs are the size of a ping pong balls. But gigantic and heavy birds like the Bald Eagles need larger nests because their eggs can be quite large!
Some birds even share nests. The Gila Woodpecker and the Elf Owl shares nests and look after each others babies.
Some birds have simple nests while others build really elaborate ones. For example, the Bowerbird spends months creating a nest in shape of a hut complete with an arched doorway! Ingenious!
“Even and Ostrich needs a nest” is a great book to read to children of all ages. It covers nearly 40 different kinds of nests. The author claims that every species finds a way to create a cozy nest that is a perfect home for raising a family. The book highlights the different types of materials used by birds to build their nests and how we can help birds everywhere to build their nests. A helpful map at the end shows where to find these birds in different parts of the world.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars and begin your very own bird/nest safari!