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Even An Ostrich Needs a Nest

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by 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!

 

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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!

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“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!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


11 comments

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  1. I love, love love Irene Kelly’s books. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Sushmitha S

      This is our first book of Irene Kelly and we were fascinated by the pictures and facts. We didn’t have to go very far on our bird/nest hunt since we have a humming bird’s nest that can be seen right from our kitchen window. Now all we have to do is get Irene Kelly’s book “It’s a Hummingbird’s life” to read and enjoy.

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  2. I think my grandchildren will love this book. Who knew there were so many different kinds of nest? Beautiful illustrations.

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    • Sushmitha S

      Isn’t awesome when a book makes learning so much fun? Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I learned so much. What a delightful book to read and then use as a jumping off point for a field trip!

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    • Sushmitha S

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, we had fun learning about different bird’s nests. We liked how the author highlighted certain feature for every bird’s nest without cramming too much information.

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  4. I love those illustrations! This looks like a great book!

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    • Sushmitha S

      The illustrations are colorful and the informative text that go along make it a fun reading and learning experience! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Ooooh! Princess Nagger loves birds (they’re modern day flying dinosaurs, y’know…heh!) I wonder if she knows this info? I’ll have to share with her.

    Snow Teaser, Omarosa the Witch, St. Patty’s Day Fun Fail but Pot Roast Win: RTT Rebel

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  6. John

    “But gigantic and heavy birds like the Bald Eagles need larger nests because their eggs weigh almost 2 tons!” Two tons really? Just kidding around, but you might want to mend the second paragraph on this webpage

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    • reshamad

      haha! Thanks for catching it John Updating it now!!
      -Reshama

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