Best Nest

5 best nests: Images reveal innovative bird homes

These birds build nests that dazzle through design.


Genus Orthotomus


Using its beak, the tailorbird pulls plant fibers and insect silk through tiny holes in leaves — like a needle and thread — stitching them into a nest.

Building time: About one month

Biggest perk: Leaves help the nest camouflage in greenery

Fun fact: Commonly live in urban gardens

Montezuma Oropendola

Psarocolius montezuma

This bird also weaves. Its specialty is creating hanging sack-like nests from branches.

Building time: 10 days

Biggest perk: Wasp-looking nest keeps predators away

Fun fact: Oropendolas are very picky about nesting tree choice

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Genus Archilochus


Hummingbirds build the tiniest nests of any bird.

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Building time: Five to eight weeks

Biggest perk: Nest can balance on thin wires, clotheslines, or the top of a cactus

Fun fact: Nest is the size of a ping-pong ball


Seiurus aurocapilla

The ovenbird creates a domed nest out of leaves, grass, mud. It resembles an outdoor oven, hence the bird's name.

Building time: About two weeks

Biggest perk: Dome shape is extra protective

Fun fact: Females line the nest with animal hair

White-nest Swiftlet

Aerodramus fuciphagus

Nests made out of dry saliva can attach directly to walls and other surfaces.

Building time: 30 days

Biggest perk: Versatile design means nests can be built anywhere

Fun fact: The nests are a delicacy, eaten steamed and cooked in bird's nest soup

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