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Hammerkop

Scopus umbretta

Description:

The strangest aspect of Hamerkop behavior is the huge nest, sometimes more than 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) across, comprising perhaps 10,000 sticks and strong enough to support a man's weight. The birds decorate the outside with any bright-coloured objects they can find. When possible, they build the nest in the fork of a tree, often over water, but if necessary they build on a bank, a cliff, a human-built wall or dam, or on the ground. A pair starts by making a platform of sticks held together with mud, then builds walls and a domed roof. A mud-plastered entrance 13–18 centimetres (5.1–7.1 in) wide in the bottom leads through a tunnel up to 60 centimetres (24 in) long to a nesting chamber big enough for the parents and young. Wikipedia

Habitat:

San Francisco Zoo, CA

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7 Comments

misako
misako 6 years ago

Thank you Ava T-B for the nest link!

misako
misako 6 years ago

hank you alicelongmartin and mcaul6515!

mcaul6515
mcaul6515 6 years ago

Beautiful photos!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Thanks Alice, I like weaving things together.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Ava. that was nice that you pulled up the nest also!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Here's a PN picture of the nest you describe http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/128...

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Fascinating bird and information!

misako
Spotted by
misako

SF, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 26, 2014
Submitted on Jan 28, 2014

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