Wednesday, November 18, 2009
What Really Happen When Those Birds Build Their Nests !!!
Have you ever thought or ask yourself what do you think happened when the building process of the nest takes place?
Let me tell you about the behaviour pattern of these wild birds (AF only).
Usually when any nests are being constructed only one of the couple will carry out the work while the other will stay nearby.
I believed the starter will be the male bird.
He will locate the most appropriate location to build his nest that he feel very safe to start a family.
Due to his urge to copulate or make love to his mate he need to choose a right location that can expedite the construction works.
The faster the construction the faster he will get his investment returns ie sexual copulation.
In AF world once copulation takes place the female will lay her 1st eggs within 8 days. The second egg will be laid on the 9 or 10th day. To build a nest, just be ready ready for those eggs not to fall down, will take at least 3 weeks.
So the male need to quickly get the construction work as fast as he can and if he can find a ready made house, example fake nest, he will surely cut short his works. (I recommend the installation of those fake nests during Phase 1 of your BH).
They also prefer those 90* corners since the shape of the corner will make their construction works much easier and faster. (So do not cover those corners until you have 300 nests in your BH).
The male need to ensure that his nest is strong and wide enough for the eggs not to fall down. Once the shape is in place, partially completed, he will allow the female to carry out her inspection.
If she approved and accept the nest, under construction, she will make those sexy sound calling her hard working mate to make love to her. Remember once copulated or her virgin is broken she got 8 days to lay he eggs.
Normally the eight days will be the best period for the male. He will have the best part of his life with lots of sex. The male will loose not a single minutes of his life. The love making continue every hour 24/7.
Just imagine making love in the air, in the BH, while searching for food, coming home time, drinking time, finishing up the nest and etc!!!
Sometime the male bird will pull out some of the feathers of the female. In this way she will have a slight disadvantage in her flying speed. You will see a few of these feathers on the floor just below the new nest. With a small defect he can easily catch up with her in the air to mate. These feathers will grow once the mating period is over.
Well once she accepted the nest under construction she will help in the nest construction too. They will take turns to finish up the nest.
During this period of construction what do you think the other party does while one is doing the construction works?
Hmm ..... this is the interesting part. Make a guess ????????
For sure the other bird have nothing to do but to stay close to the partner.
The strange thing that usually happened in that the other party will be singing with those beautiful melodious songs that he or she can make out.
The song will serenade the other party to continue his or her works to finish the nest.
If you make a night call to your BH try to put your ear at those key hole on your steel door. If you hear those melodious singing session of those birds then you know that they are building their nests. If there is no sound then there are no nests building.
I think they attend those music lesson in choosing the right sound to sing. He he he.
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