Science writer Ferris Jabr has just done a great public service. Not only did Jabr educate Twitter users about the nesting styles of different birds, but he also did it in an amusing way that will resonate even with those who failed their biology classes.

Jabr's eggcellent 'reviews' take a critical and hilarious look at the idiosyncratic minds behind these splendid bird nests, and they immediately went viral. Internet commenters are applauding his witty style and are already asking him to expand the series, including other wildlife. Let's hope he does.

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Bored Bear
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2 months ago

It looks so cozy. 10/10 would sleep there if I was a bird.

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According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, over 700 bird species breed in North America and as you can see from Jabr's reviews, the variations in their behaviors are as fascinating as they're complex. From finding mates and building nests to laying eggs and raising their young, different species are doing everything in incredibly different ways.

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Gorgeous-coloured eggs!

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Bird nests come in many shapes and forms. "Some birds (e.g., robins) build cup-shaped nests of sticks, lined with soft grass, in branches of trees," Dawn Hewitt, the editor for Bird Watcher’s Digest, told Bored Panda. "Some birds (plovers) scrape a shallow depression in the sand or soil, and that's all there is to their nest. Some birds (orioles) weave tight, pendulous nests from plant fibers, nests that sway in the breeze as they dangle from branches—often from two adjacent trees!"

If you look closely, you can find nests almost anywhere – on the ground, in trees, in burrows, on the sides of cliffs, in and on human-made structures, and so on.

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Lyop
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2 months ago

Seriously?! A few sticks??!!

Helen Haley
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2 months ago

Post modern deconstructionist nesting.

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Katinka Min
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2 months ago

I often feel sorryy fo pigeons. Originally bred for human use, tossed out when they are too slow or don't find their way back home, trying to survive in the wild, always breeding, always starving.

k1ddkanuck
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2 months ago

But like, with a really great spirit and gusto. You have to remember: a pigeon has greater muscle mass than a lion, and is faster than a cheetah. Also, they mate for life, and will do everything their little birdy bodies can to get home. They also have an electromagnetic homing system in their brains, which is basically magic. I love pigeons. They are awesome.

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Michelle C
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2 months ago

Pigeons are so hardcore and hood that the concrete jungle is the only shelter their eggs need

Zelda Blue
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2 months ago

The effort put forth by this pigeon is overwhelming.

Harold Summer
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2 months ago

It's the middle child. Neglected as always.

MauKini
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2 months ago

This is really sad. A health pigeon in a good enviorment would never bulid a nest like this.

Lillukka
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2 months ago

Few sticks at first, by the end, its a pile of shit on top of the two sticks, crawling with maggots. They once made a nest on our balcony.

desert29rat
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2 months ago

The doves in my yard build nests like this. A few sticks and they're done.

Aragorn II Elessar
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2 months ago

Fun fact: Pigeons are one of the few birds that produce milk for their young

Jon S.
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2 months ago

Although they vomit it up rather than lactate

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Carroll Cadden
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2 months ago

I feel sort of sad about that setup, since I see disaster for this lonely egg on the horizon. :-(

MadRatter
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1 month ago

My granddad always says that pigeons put a few sticks on top of each other and the parents then tell the chicks to sit still.

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

At least I'm not a horder.

Vesta Copestakes
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1 month ago

It looks like her environment has few natural objects and opportunities - she probably felt the egg coming and had to rush into the situation. Proper nesting requires time and materials. As most mothers know, we do our best and fall short more times than we would like. Rather sad for this girl!

Amanda Hunter
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2 months ago

How can there be so many of them when they're so bad at nesting!

Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
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2 months ago

Yep, doves do the same thing. Two sticks is good 3 is excessive.

Pebblesmax
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2 months ago

I have to push...I have to push...NOW

Roz Klaiman
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2 months ago

The first time I saw this was on my balcony in the dead of winter, then I was afraid to open the door lest I disturb the egg - which hatched into a gorgeous blue pigeon that actually lived, grew and fledged Pigeons make stupid nests but are wonderful parents.

Jessica Cole
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2 months ago

3 points for effort

Jon S.
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2 months ago (edited)

I've seen pigeons make nests like this out of used needles. Nothing quite says 'urban decay' like that

Jack Chandra
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2 months ago

Flying rats. Yet I still feed a herd of 8 of them in my backyard.

kaburrida
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2 months ago

Only the strong survive

MidnightFury
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2 months ago

This is kinda sad tbh... it could so easily get trampled by humans or other animals.

Al Reilly
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1 month ago

Yes I call it Minimalistic but it comes with it's own egg!!

sharron lynn parsons
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1 month ago

People complain about pigeons, because they poop, well, don;t we all !!!

Ann Buht
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1 month ago

That is just lazy maaan :D

Debbie
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2 months ago

And sometimes the sticks are between the plastic pins stopping the pigeons from sitting on a windowsill - take that!

Barn Owl
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2 months ago

I have a pet pigeon. He is a roller pigeon though, not a rock pigeon like this one.

Samantha Dement-Graham
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2 months ago

Oh pigeon.

Claire Sylvester
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2 months ago

This guy really doesn't give a s**t 😂

Heather Keedy Bateman
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2 months ago

I'm dying!!! A handful of sticks...and then: 1 egg. Lmao!!!

Shelby McClain
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2 months ago

So cute

Tiffany Marie
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2 months ago

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CatWoman312
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2 months ago

He looks so proud

Tiggy Darling
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2 months ago

Pigeons wouldn't vaccinate.

Lily Mae Kitty
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2 months ago

aww, that egg is doomed.

K. aka letmeplaywithkittens
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2 months ago

Not the biggest ricks of the sky

The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

Redneck.

Chris Watson
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2 months ago

They use twigs then cement them together with their droppings. Dirty, messy birds.

Lorena Martin
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2 months ago

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She wasn't born to be a mom

tyrannus basilton grimm pitch
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2 months ago

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that pigeon takes bad parenting to another level.

Khloe Ness
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umm, dont make fun of him/ her! some pigeons just arent smart. they are pigeons. BIRDS. they have smol brains

Aragorn II Elessar
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2 months ago

Birds of prey are immensely intelligent as well. Falcons especially. And I dare say that some pigeons with their “smol brains” are more rational than some humans I could name

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"Nests aren't bedrooms, but nurseries," Hewitt highlighted." Nests are where eggs are laid and incubated. And that's all that birds have in common when it comes to nesting."

Indeed, the total number of eggs that a female can lay in one nesting attempt also varies widely depending on the species. For instance, many tropical birds lay clutches of only 2 or 3 eggs but wood ducks can lay up to 15 eggs in one nesting attempt. Clutch size can also vary widely among individuals of the same species depending on much food and calcium they gather, the age of the female, weather, and other factors.

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Nicola Roberts
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2 months ago

If it doesn't bring you joy......

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Times only get tougher when the eggs finally hatch -- the increased activity in the nest and begging cries of the little ones attract predators. "Predators are the biggest problem for young birds," Hewitt said. "Hatchlings can't fly, so they're easy targets, especially when the parents are temporarily inattentive (off bringing food, or removing fecal sacs)."

Hewitt added that most (but not all) young birds spend some time on the ground before they can fly (or fly well), and that makes them especially easy targets.

"But freezing temperatures, such as we've had for the past few days where I live in southeastern Ohio, can be a huge problem for nesting birds. Almost all songbirds feed their young insects, and when it's unusually frigid during nesting season, flying insects go dormant, and are hard to find. Nestlings can freeze or starve in cold weather."

The first year is the always toughest; in almost all bird species, more than half of the baby birds perish during the first year.

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2 months ago

Resistance is futile.

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BiLal Asif
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2 months ago

Tailoring it to perfection

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Annabelle Fonseca
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2 months ago (edited)

KEEP AWAY FROM THE EGGS MISTER!!!

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Lyop
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2 months ago

Ok, artsy fartsy!

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Lyop
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2 months ago

How is that even comfortable?!

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

Is your name Sam?

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Lyop
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2 months ago

What! That looks so so soft.

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Lyop
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2 months ago

Wow....that's quite a heap of rubbish.

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Lyop
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2 months ago

Go big or go.....oh wait, that is home. Well, go big then!!

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Joe Joe
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2 months ago

Does this outfit make me look fat?

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Love the caption!

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Good camouflage!

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Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

Or as we call them... the old Bush Turkey....they will do this to your garden...My husband and I once utilized them to clear a patch of scrub at the bottom of our property. It was rainforest style and we would scatter fruit throughout. They would come and scratch and dig and they cleared all the scrub out for us.... thanks you turkeys ;)

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Knows the one true cornbread recipe!

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Ivana Junas
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2 months ago

It's eggs are much more conical than most bird eggs, so they roll in a circle instead of off the cliff.

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