There is something so captivating about them, their beautiful colors, songs, and not to mention their ability to fly. I mean who has never wished they could spread there arms out and just take off?
Something I don’t often think about is what wonderful builders they are. They make their nests out so many interesting things, twigs, grass, bits of hair and fluff gathered from all over the place. And the skill it takes to put it all together and attach it to a tree, amazing!
Since moving to Ecuador I’ve seen a new (new to me) method and style of construction – mud.
Bird Nests Made Out Of Mud
Part of the joy of moving abroad is all of the new animals we see.
The first time I saw a nest made of mud high up in a tree I was delighted. I wondered what kind of bird made it. Not long after, on a rainy day I saw one. He was near a puddle gathering mud.
It was especially nice to see one working on his nest! In the picture below you can see his darker, fresh layer of mud.
The Pale Legged Hornero
I looked up some information about this type of bird, and I believe they are Pale Legged Horneros (furnarius leucopus).
The word Hornero comes from the Spanish word for oven “el horno.” The birds got this name because their homes look like the mud ovens used in South America.
What new kinds of birds have you seen on your travels? Please share by commenting on this post.