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Cavity Nesting Birds

The art of the bird is to conceal its nest both as to position and as to material, but now and then it is betrayed into weaving into its structure showy and bizarre bits of this or that, which give its secret away and which seem to violate all the traditions of its kind.

Even though there are about 650 species of birds in North America, only eighty-five of those are cavity nesters. Cavity nesting birds construct their nest within an enclosed space, be it a hollow in a tree trunk, nest box, or even an old shoe. In recent times many species of cavity nesting birds have declined because of habitat reduction. In the eastern United States, where primeval forests have vanished, purple martins depend almost entirely on man-made nest boxes. Nest boxes (or bird houses) are man-made structures provided for wild and domestic birds to nest in.

 

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