Tailor Bird Nest?

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People... found this in our garden today. I don't know how we managed to miss it being built. I think we might have discouraged them if we had noticed, it is on a flimsy plant and within easy snacking reach of any cat, even a lazy one.

We do have tailor birds in our garden, and recently I've noticed one or more very small ones, so maybe babies did happen already, and did survive, in that nest

I don't know how well it will come out on the attached photos. Maybe I should upload something higher quality to the gallery. But look at the zig-zag stitching of the leaves. Unbelievable! The cosy inside seems to include both wife hair and cat fur!

So... Is it a tailorbird nest?


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i've got no idea what kind of bird it its, but it's an amazing nest.
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It is, isn't it. Hopefuly an expert, probably snonymous will be along soon
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I have seen this earlier as well, but again not sure about the Bird. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post so maybe babies did happen already, and did survive, in that nest....
great pic, nick....(OK, no pun intended.... )

I was surprised to learn this year how many broods some birds can have in a year....I have wrens in my yard and I found out they can have 3 broods in a summer, the babies only stay in the nest about 3 weeks....so maybe your birds (and they sure do look like wrens!) already had more than a few babies.
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Thanks for all the kind comments, which we will pass on to the birds

Snonymous confirms, in the gallery, that it is a tailor-bird nest.
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Yes it is a tailor bird nest
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post But look at the zig-zag stitching of the leaves.
That is truly amazing, yet one more thing that is so different in India!
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Fantastic. I've never seen anything like it. Are the birds tiny?
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Neat.
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They are about the same size, though slimmer, as an English wren. I don't know how much that helps an American! .

The one I have seen around just recently is smaller, and I think it may be young.

We have three birds, around this size: sunbirds, prinyas and tailor birds. The sunbirds are the smallest, although they have quite a short tail. When I see them stretch their wings, I am always amazed at how tiny they are!

However... they do have amazingly loud voices!

By contrast, there is crows nest in one of our trees that is the scruffiest, worst-built nest I ever saw. It looks like any egg would just fall through it!
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I've seen ants build similar nests -- sticking leaves together.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post By contrast, there is crows nest in one of our trees that is the scruffiest, worst-built nest I ever saw. It looks like any egg would just fall through it!
This is why they so often nest in the upper branches of Ficus elastica. In the event of the eggs falling through, they are cushioned to a certain extent by the sap that has seeped over the years.

*Please note that I just made up this "fact" which is entirely untrue.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post When I see them stretch their wings, I am always amazed at how tiny they are!

However... they do have amazingly loud voices!
my wrens are the tiniest birds in my yard, but their voices will wake you up in the morning, they chatter....

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...the scruffiest, worst-built nest I ever saw. It looks like any egg would just fall through it!
in my yard, doves have awful nests -- as one birder told me, doves look and sound sweet, but they're some of the stupidest birds around -- their nests are flat and the eggs do roll out

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