bird nest


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bird nest nest where birds lay their eggs and hatch their young
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird
Bird's nests for dinner Bird's nests for dinner


  • Isaac Watts
    Isaac Watts
    “Birds in their little nest agree; and 'Tis a shameful sight, when children of one family fall out, and chide, and fight.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    “God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds in last year's nest!”


In literature:

Among the birds the lazy cuckoo began by stealing the nest another bird had built.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
He steals eggs from other birds' nests.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
They all went together to seek a bird's nest.
"Pinafore Palace" by Various
Few birds select the immediate neighborhood of man's home for their nests.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
This bird constructs no nest.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
Sort of birds' nesting.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The nesting season begins in May, the birds nesting upon the same islands and in the same kinds of sites as the last species.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
His food consists of reptiles, frogs, and lizards; he is a plunderer of other birds' nests.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [March 1897]" by Various
A ship hove in sight, like a great white bird, beating up from its nest in mid-ocean.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
There is no surer way to find birds' nests than to go berrying or fishing.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs

In poetry:

My heart is like a mother bird,
Circling ever higher,
And the nest-tree rimmed about
By a forest fire…
"Tidings" by Lola Ridge
And mowers on the meadow lea
Chance on their noisy guest
And wonder what the bird can be
That lays without a nest
"The Landrail" by John Clare
Your voice, free bird, reaches my sleeping nest,
and my drowsy wings dream
of a voyage to the light
above the clouds.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
All the little birds are sleeping,
Every one has gone to rest,
And my precious one is resting
In his pretty cradle nest.
"Lullaby" by Eliza Lee Follen
'Tis not a bird, and yet hath wings,
'Tis not an arrow, yet it stings;
While in the wound it nests and sings—
"Two Duets" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
I am as weary as a bird
Blown by wild winds far out to sea
When it regains its nest. But, Oh,
There waits no nest for me.
"A Song" by Theodosia Garrison

In news:

She said the birds had five hatchlings in their nest at the time.
Who Gets Left Out – From the Bird's Nest.
Birds use Oak View Elementary School's chimney as nest.
It is just one of a number of rookeries in South Sound that provide nesting locations for the birds and viewing opportunities for birders.
Bird nesting, model airplanes not compatible .
The herons are nesting in a dead white oak tree in the middle of the pond, which is just outside the lab's Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity.
From the Bird's Nest:A new level of incompetence .
Although I've never actually seen a weaver bird work their magic with found sticks and twigs and threads, I've seen pictures of the incredibly durable nests which result.
Wildlife handlers continue to monitor nests, check effects of pesticide on the giant birds.
New Mexico State/ Michigan State – From the Bird's Nest.
She co-founded Bird's Nest, a website dedicated to translating the Twitter feed of Ai Weiwei.
There is no connection to land, keeping the birds safe from predators, like raccoons, that would raid the nests.
Birds in urban locations are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts.
Street-wise city birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, research has shown.
Nice nest egg for Big Bird.

In science:

Birds’ nests (Sterelny et al., 1996) could be seen as an environmental analogue to these intracellular structures, whereas libraries start to push toward genes and methylation tags in their informational capacity.
The transmission sense of information
In precocial birds including ducks, prolactin is involved in parental care and nest attentiveness during incubation (Goldsmith, 1991; Hall, 1991; Criscuolo et al., 2002).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird