Raven’s comfy nest is recycled

FRUGAL: The inner layer of a little raven nest is relined year after year.
FRUGAL: The inner layer of a little raven nest is relined year after year.

What is this nest that was found on the ground at Lake Wendouree?

T.S., Lake Wendouree.

Your wool-lined nest is the inner cosy part of a little raven’s nest. It fits neatly into a larger stick-built base and can be lined with a variety of materials, although wool dominates in the nest shown.

This soft bowl is built onto the stick platform, and is fitted and shaped by the bird pushing its breast into the wall of the nest and gradually rotating. This results in the lining being felted together into a mat five centimetres or more thick.

When the birds re-use their old nests, they remove any lining and repair the stick base, re-lining the nest with new soft material.

Ravens’ substantial stick nests are long-lasting and can be used for many years in a row. Some of them are re-used by other birds such as hawks.

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