Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 6, 2020

The White-winged Chough, Master Potter of the Bird World

Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology has an article on bird potters

Birds’ nests have inspired great curiosity and fascination for their skilled construction, delicate beauty, and functionality, and many birds exhibit artisan-like craft skills in their nest-building. The bowerbirds are tasteful decorators, weaver birds are skillful architects and weavers, the horneros are excellent engineers, and don’t forget the oropendolas with their impressive pendulum nests!

In addition to those other great nest builders, there are potters in the bird world. The White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) builds a large bowl-shaped mud nest that looks like it has come right off of a potter’s wheel.

Read full article and see photos at  The White-winged Chough

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