Hammerkop

Hammerkop

The hammerkop is an African wading bird, one of its most notable traits after its hammer like head (hence the name) is that it is an obsessive-compulsive nest builder.  A pair of hammerkops will often build 3 to 5 nests a year, even if they are not breeding.

You might think that isn’t a big deal, it isn’t like bird nests are that complicated.  If that is what you’re thinking then you’ve never seen a hammerkop’s nest.  They are massive, sometimes approaching 5 feet across, have dense walls and a domed roof that they decorate with bright objects and sometimes other birds (such as weaver birds) will attach their nests to the exteriors.  The nest itself is so strong it can support the weight of grown human, all this for a pair of birds that combined weigh about 2 pounds.

5 responses

  1. tabularasa88

    Good to know that I’m not the only one with issues.

    July 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    • Hammerkops build kind of like how I build things, make it a hundred times stronger than it needs to be, just in case.

      Everyone’s got issues, some are just more amusing than others.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  2. Beautiful!

    July 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  3. That really is a beautiful bird.

    July 17, 2013 at 1:39 am

    • You know, when I first saw him I thought he was a funny looking bird. After spending about 20 minutes hanging out with and watching him do his thing I started to see his beauty. I’m glad you see it too.

      July 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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