The natural world is miraculous and splendid, and it always teaches us valuable lessons. Motherhood in nature is equally fascinating and superb, and sometimes, human mothers can learn from moms across the animal kingdom.
A mother will always make a way. Birds are just behind vertebrates when it comes to parental care.
Hummingbirds are one of the smartest of them all, and one little one in Paraguay built her nest under the shade of a broadleaf, which serves as a roof, as a way to protect her chicks.
The caring little bird was spotted by conservationist at a Paraguayan nature reserve, who lives in Alto Parana, Paraguay, Bianca Caroline Soares.
She often sees nests on branches in the jungle near her home, but this spring, she was happy to discover a unique one. The mother hummingbird created a special place for her family under the shade of the leafy roof.
Soares explained that this nest was “the most ingenious” of the five ones she saw that day.
After a few weeks, she discovered two little chicks in the crib, adding that they were ideally protected from harsh weather conditions.As soon as they will grow strong under this carefully planned roof, the new hummingbirds will leave the nest to start their own families.
She shared the photos of the nest on Instagram, hoping that they would inspire people to take better care of nature and our planet, and wrote:
“To date, my favorite photograph. Too much cuteness in one photo!”
Hummingbirds live almost everywhere in the world, and there are 338 species of them.
These birds are very important for the ecosystem as they play a vital role in pollination. Since some species can fly as high as 4,000 meters, they can pollinate plants which other birds cannot reach, and would otherwise become extinct.
Also, their small size makes them very vulnerable and prone to dangers. As a result, some species are already listed as endangered.
Here are several tips to help you protect hummingbirds in your area:
- If you are a gardener, you can craft a feeder in a shaded area to supplement nectar for the birds. You can hang a clean dish or a bottle filled with sugar-water solution. To prevent collisions with the windows, place the feeders away from your windows, and break up reflections that might confuse them.
- Hummingbirds are easy prey for cats, so make sure you keep your kittens away from them.
- These birds are vulnerable to chemicals as they are very small, so try not to spray insecticides near the feeders.
- There are many hummingbird organizations you can join and help their conservation.