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Name: J. K.
Status: educator
Age: 40s
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Date: 4/19/2004


Question:
Do birds build nests to live in if they are not laying eggs? Do they build nests when they migrate to warmer climates? Do birds use the nest after the babies have disappeared?


Replies:
Generally speaking, NO, NO, and NO. Nests of most species are used solely for raising young. Some larger birds, like hawks, owls and eagles, will return to the same nest year after year, but leave it for the season once the young have fledged. Small perching birds build a new nest for each brood. Some cavity nesting birds will roost in cavities outside of nesting season.

J. Elliott


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