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Clever Hummingbird Mom Builds Nest With Leaf Roof To Keep Out The Rain

Amy Pilkington 11 Mar 2020

Birds have always had a fairly good reputation as parents, especially in the careful building of nests to protect their eggs and chicks.

It probably takes a lot of careful searching to find a good spot for a nest, one that's safe from predators and weather. It's not always possible to get that perfect location.

Hummingbirds make tiny little nests, which probably has its own pros and cons.

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The tiny nests can fit almost anywhere, but hummingbirds don't build them in boxes or other man-made nooks and crannies.

Instead, they choose a branch in a tree or shrub, where the nest will look a lot like a bump on the bark.

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Often, the nests are hard to spot, but conservationist Bianca Caroline Soares has become pretty good at finding them in the jungles of Paraguay.

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In an interview with The Dodo, she said that she'd seen five different nests on the day she snapped a couple of very special pictures.

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One of the nests was balanced on a shoot of new growth, with a single leaf popping up to create the cutest roof ever.

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The leaf is just big enough to provide shade for the little hummingbird mom and her eggs.

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And it must have worked perfectly, because a later trip into the jungle had a fresh surprise: babies!

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The little roof was even still standing strong.

A few minutes later, Soares saw the little ones take off for what might have been their first flight.

h/t: The Dodo

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