What a Hummingbird Home Looks Like

Zoom in on one of these teeny-tiny nests and 
take a tour of its artful structure. 


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How a Hummingbird Makes a Nest

  • The female smooths and shapes the inside of the nest using her body.
  • Lichens, mosses, plant down and fibers make up the nest and camouflage its exterior.
  • Her nest is big enough for two eggs, and incubation lasts 12 to 19 days.
  • Most nests are built in the fork of a tree or shrub, 10 to 40 feet above the ground.
  • She collects and weaves stretchy spider silk through the nest to hold it together, bind it to the supporting branch, and stretch as the chicks grow.
  • A hummingbird nest is about the size of a quarter, and one egg is roughly the size 
of a jelly bean!

Plus: Learn why the rufous hummingbird is the toughest bird on the block.

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