The large Cathedral aviary

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The large Cathedral aviary

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At a height of 15m, a width of 30m and a length of 100m, some quick calculations give a total surface of __3000 m_ or 30 ares. The inhabitants of this evocative universe have one common trait as they all live in wetlands. Their harmonious cohabitation is based on the principle of floor occupation. In this way there is room for everyone, whether nesting in the crown, in the middle of the tree or under the tree. If all of the animals had to build their nests on the same level the area would have been unlivable. What applies to people also applies to birds. (Except for some nutters such as the cuckoo). Thus, each species has its own specific habits and the nesting behaviour of the birds led to their classification of nidifugous and nidicolous.

  • The nidicolous birds make their nests in trees where their young remain hidden, more or less, from predators. They are born blind and hairless after a short incubation period.
  • The nidifugous make their nests on the ground or on the water, and after a longer incubation period the young ones are born with full feathering and developed vision. They therefore only need about half an hour before they can walk independently behind their mothers.

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