Many species of birds build nests for the primary function of laying eggs and raising young birds. Each species has its own nesting habits, but many build nests high above the ground to isolate eggs and fledglings from g... More »

Barn swallows and cliff swallows both build nests out of mud. While the barn swallow most typically builds on man-made buildings, such as barns, the cliff swallow tends to nest under bridges. Both birds build gourd-shape... More »

The nesting method used by birds depends upon their size, location and diet. It also depends on the available nesting materials and the reproductive habits of the given bird species. Some do not build nests at all, but t... More »

Because most birds within the United States are protected by the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, citizens cannot legally kill or relocate birds, their nests or their eggs. Scaring the birds off may work temporarily, but if t... More »

Blue herons are carnivores that eat a variety of aquatic and land prey, including fish, frogs, turtles, young birds, bird eggs, snakes, insects, mice, moles, gophers and other small mammals. While they live in colonies, ... More »

The name of a young bird varies by species, so there is no truly unifying term to describe all young birds except in a generic sense. If this is the aim, such terms as nestling, fledgling, hatchling and chick can be appl... More »

Most birds leave their nests when they can feed themselves. This usually occurs when the birds turn into fledglings and are two weeks old. Depending on the species, some birds may wean for another week or two or until th... More »

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