Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. And quite a few contain man-made materials – colorful twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each one is a remarkable work of art, built with just a beak! We begin with a museum collection of nests and branch out to scenes in the wild all over the world, where birds arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal, and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the all-important task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Directed by Ann Johnson Prum.

Animal Homes is a production of Coneflower Productions and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in coproduction with Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with WNET.



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Animal Homes: The Nest

2016 US 60 min
Festival Year: 2017
Types: Feature
Topic: Development & Built Environment, Wildlife