Es­sen­tials In­side a hum­ming­bird’s nest

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

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The fe­male smooths and shapes the in­side of the nest us­ing her body.

Her nest is big enough for two eggs, and in­cu­ba­tion lasts 12 to 19 days.

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.

Lichens, mosses, plant down and fibers make up the nest and cam­ou­flage its ex­te­rior.

Most nests are built in the fork of a tree or shrub, 10 to 40 feet above the ground.

A hum­ming­bird nest is about the size of a quar­ter, and one egg is roughly the size of a jelly bean!

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