Pictures and Info About Baby Birds
Here you'll find pictures of baby birds and birds at the nest, as well as information about their nesting habits.
It's a rare treat to see birds feeding their young at the nest, but some photographers have captured these special moments.
This page features baby cardinals, baby bluebirds, baby robins, baby sparrows, baby eagles and baby loons. It also includes references for further research on each species.
Bluebird nest: Â© Laura Clay-ballard | Dreamstime.com
The Northern Cardinal's nest is usually located in dense brush, thickets, or low trees.
The female cardinal builds the nest, which is constructed of twigs, grass, vines, leaves, bark strips, and rootlets. It's lined with fine grass or hair.
The female lays 2 - 5 eggs; usually 3 or 4. The eggs hatch in about 12 days. The young leave the nest 9 - 11 days after hatching.
Northern Cardinal Facts
Resources for information about the Northern Cardinal
Information on the Northern Cardinal's physical traits, range, habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and similar species. Includes photos, range maps, and sound files.
Provides facts on this bird's range, physical characteristics, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, diet, predators, and ecosystem roles. Includes photos, sound files, and scientific classification chart.
Describes the physical features, taxonomy, distribution, habitat, diet, and reproduction of the Northern Cardinal. Also provides numerous photos and a range map.
The Eastern Bluebird nests in cavities - either a natural tree cavity, an old woodpecker hole, or a man-made bluebird house.
The nest is a loose cup of fine grasses, weeds, and twigs. The female bluebird does most of the nest-building.
The number of eggs can be from 3 - 7, but is usually 4 or 5. The eggs hatch in 13 - 16 days. The nestlings fledge in 18 - 19 days.
Baby Bluebirds in Nest
Although incubation is done mostly by the female, both bluebird parents feed the young.
This photo shows what they find inside the nest cavity - the open mouths of hungry babies!Eastern Bluebirds usually have 2 broods per year, although there are sometimes three.
Photo used under Creative Commons from Robert Benner
Resources for information about the Eastern Bluebird
Information on the physical traits, range, habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction of the Eastern Bluebird. Includes photos, range maps, and sound files.
Provides a photo and facts about the nesting, habitat, range, diet, and song of the Eastern Bluebird.
Describes this bird's range, physical features, reproduction, lifespan, behavior, communication, and food habits. Includes photos.
In the wild...
Have you ever seen eggs in a bird's nest?
In the wild...
Have you even seen baby birds in their nest?
Nesting Habits of American Robin
The American Robin's nest is built in a shrub, the fork of a tree, a horizontal branch, or on the ledge of a man-made structure.
The female does most of the nest-building, although the male often helps. The nest has a foundation of mud with twigs, grasses, and weeds added. It's lined with fine grasses.
The clutch consists of 3 - 7 eggs, but usually 4. The eggs hatch in 12 - 14 days and the nestlings fledge 14 - 16 days after hatching.
Public domain image from Sean Varner/USFWS
Facts About the Robin
Resources for information about the American Robin
Photo gallery, range map, sound file, and information about the robin's distribution, habitat, diet, reproduction, and vocalization.
Provides facts about this bird's identifying characteristics, range, signs and sounds, habitat, feeding, habits, and breeding. Includes photos and range map.
Physical description of the American Robin plus facts about its range, habitat, food habits, reproduction, and behavior. Includes photos of birds and eggs, range maps, and sound files.
Chipping Sparrow Feeding Young at Nest
The nest of the Chipping Sparrow can be found in trees (most often in conifers, but sometimes deciduous), shrubs, and vines.
Materials used in constructing the nest include grasses, weeds, and rootlets, with a lining of very fine grass and hair.
The female lays 3 or 4 pale blue-green eggs with some darker markings or spots. She incubates the eggs for 11 - 14 days and the young birds leave the nest when they're 8 - 12 days old.
Facts About the Chipping Sparrow
Resources for information about the Chipping Sparrow
Facts on the identification, vocalizations, geographic variation, behavior, annual cycle, and conservation status of the Chipping Sparrow.
Information on the physical traits (including plumage), range, habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction of the Chipping Sparrow. Includes photos, range map, and sound files.
Description, habitat, behavior, diet, nesting, migration status, and conservation status of the Chipping Sparrow. Includes a photo.
Have you ever seen a bird building its nest?
Bald Eagle Nesting Habits
Eagles build their nest in a fork near the top of a large tree or occasionally on a cliff. Both the male and female participate in the nest-building.
The nest consists of huge pile of branches and large sticks, lined with softer materials such as moss, grasses, and sod.
The initial nest has an outside diameter of approximately 5 to 6 feet and is 3 to 4 feet deep. The eagles usually return to the same nesting site each year and add another one to two feet of material on top of the existing nest.
The female lays 1-3 eggs, though usually two, which hatch in about 35 days. Both parents incubate the eggs. The young eaglets make their first flight at about 10-12 weeks of age, although they stay in the vicinity of the nest for another 4-6 weeks.
Bald Eagle Facts
Resources for information about the Bald Eagle
Describes the physical traits, behavior, habitat, diet, nesting, and conservation status of this raptor. Includes photos and a sound file. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Provides information on the subspecies, the physical appearance, habitat, range, diet, reproduction, and taxonomy of this bird. Includes photos and a range map. From Wikipedia.
Physical description of adult and juvenile and facts about the size, diet, lifespan, reproduction, and habits of the Bald Eagle. From the National Wildlife Federation.
Common Loon Facts
Resources for information about the Common Loon
Information on physical traits, habitat, diet, nesting, behavior, and conservation status of the Common Loon. Includes photos, sound files, and videos.
Provides physical description and life history, including habitat, nesting, and behavior. Includes photos and sounds files.
Includes information about the range, habitat, reproduction, lifespan, communication, and food habits of this bird. With photos.
Female Loon with Baby Riding Piggyback
Very brief video showing female loon and young one.
In the wild...
Have you ever heard the call of the Loon?
Folkmanis Puppet Baby Birds in Nest
A fun and very cute puppet for children ages 3 and up! Using three fingers you can wiggle each baby bird separately.
Photo Credits and Copyright Info
All text was written by the author of this article and is protected by copyright.
Introduction: Â© Laura Clay-ballard | Dreamstime.com
Cardinal Nest: Creative Commons photo by Marti175
Cardinal Photo: Â© NNE and its licensors
Bluebird Photos: Â© NNE and its licensors, Â© Laura Young
Bluebird Nest and Egg: Creative Commons photo from Robert Benner
Robin's Nest: Creative Commons photo from Mike Bowler, on Flickr
Robin with Nestlings: Â© NNE and its licensors
Chipping Sparrow Photo: Â© NNE and its licensors
Bald Eagle Chicks: Public domain image from Dave Menke/USFWS
Bald Eagles Tending Nest: Public domain image from Russ Illig/NPS
Common Loon with Chicks: Creative Commons photo from Michael Heisel
These photos are being used under a royalty free license or a Creative Commons license. The original copyright belongs to the photographers and/or agencies listed above.
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