From the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, through Michelangelo and Thomas Jefferson, humanity’s history has been full of great architects and architecture. Humans were not the first ones to build structures to be used for a dwelling – some animals have been building intricate structures while humans were still living in caves. Behold nature’s most amazing architects:
1. The Red Ovenbird
Made of clay and mud, these nests protect the Red Ovenbirds from predators, and if abandoned, they’re used as a new home for other birds
Sources: merlinsilk.com,Eric Henrique
2. Montezuma Oropendola
The Montezuma Oropendola use vines and grass to build colonies of up to 30 individuals, comprising of an alpha male and his harem of females.
Sources: Andrew Block, Simon Valdez
3. The Sociable Weaver
Native to Southern Africa, the Sociable Weavers build huge communal nests that host hundreds of the little flyers, many of whom are part of the same family. Using sticks and grass, the weavers make these permanent homes, using the inner chambers of the nests to stay warm during the cold season.
Some Swallow species build nests out of various materials, some scavenge for abandoned nests, but some species choose to build their nests using their own saliva. (In some places, these edible nests are considered a real delicacy…)
5. The Vogelkop Bowerbird
These small huts (called bowers), comprised of grass and sticks, are built by the male Vogelkops in order to attract potential mates. To make their huts look even more successful, the Vogelkops arrange berries, sticks, beetles, etc. outside. Oddly enough, the bowers are later abandoned and not used for raising their young.