Content tagged with "nest"

Photo of three dickcissel eggs in a nest plus one cowbird egg

Brown-Headed Cowbird Egg In Dickcissel Nest

Cowbirds lay eggs, singly, in the nests of other birds to be raised by unwitting host parents. The baby cowbird hatches before the other eggs and grows fast, getting more food and often leading to the death of its hosts’ own young. This non-nesting lifestyle apparently is an adaptation to the cowbirds’ nomadic life following bison herds.

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Peregrine Falcons Soar

Falcon in Flight

An adult peregrine falcon soars near a nest box in Kansas City.

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Photo of mourning dove nest with two eggs

Mourning Dove Nest With Eggs

Mourning doves court in April. Usually 2 eggs are laid in a flimsy nest and are incubated for 14 days. Squabs are fully fledged at about 2 weeks. Once a pair complete their first nest, they start on the next. They can have as many as 7 nesting attempts between late March and early September.

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Photo of a mourning dove on its nest

Mourning Dove On Nest

The male mourning dove collects sticks for the nest, bringing them to the female, which constructs the nest. Upon hatching, young squabs are fed “pigeon milk,” a nutritious secretion from the adult crop gland. After about a week, the young are weaned to seeds.

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Photo of purple martin nest with eggs

Purple Martin Nest With Eggs

Purple martins usually produce only one brood per year. Competition with introduced European starlings and house sparrows, which aggressively evict and sometimes kill young and adult martins, contributes to an overall long-term decline in martin populations.

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