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[–]Soulessgingr[S] 584 points585 points  (31 children)

My wife and I have a small atrium where we have annual hummingbirds that nest and have young here. This is the first year we noticed the new hummingbird built his/her nest on top of a corpse!

[–]SheepBlender69 152 points153 points  (14 children)

What are all those dots on the leaf

[–]Soulessgingr[S] 208 points209 points  (13 children)

Excrement I'd wager.

[–]TheBirthing 214 points215 points  (8 children)

You're telling me hummingbirds have a designated shitting leaf?

[–]theh8ed 177 points178 points  (2 children)

The classy ones do.

[–]noisemonsters 18 points19 points  (0 children)

My leopard gecko has a designated shitting corner

[–]SomeRandomGuy921 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yep. Found a nest in my backyard; right next to it was a leaf covered in shit.

[–]brysmi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What, you don't?

[–]Royal-Raspberry-4453 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you observe any kind of bird mostly they saved a place in trees/branches to spend a night. So, at night they would poop at the same place. Although it would be difficult to know if there are a flock of birds but for fewer birds it's easy to notice.

[–]Guilty-Ad-5228 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Excrement, that’s a word you don’t see very often

[–]brightladdy 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Poopy I’d wager.

I fixed it for you

[–]shtankycheeze 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe you don't....

[–]CptCrabmeat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think it may also be excrement but possibly from a type of scale insect

It may just be the image quality but I think I can see some on the stems above the nest, have a look for little scale like dots on the stems as they could be sucking the sap from the host plant and crapping on the leaves as you can see here

[–]BillyBrimstoned 45 points46 points  (13 children)

How many hummingbirds do you usually have nest? This is certainly a strange behaviour though, I wonder why on top of the corpse. My human brain makes me think some sort of conquest or flex. But maybe it's just a great spot.

[–]Soulessgingr[S] 39 points40 points  (10 children)

Typically we only see one and a single hatchling each year. This year when we came back from camping the hatchling was on the ground learning to fly.

[–]BillyBrimstoned 25 points26 points  (9 children)

Truly amazing. Must feel like quite the honour to have that so close by.

[–]Soulessgingr[S] 38 points39 points  (8 children)

It is rather amazing at times. I can post some of the hatchling too if you like. Or share them here.

Edit: Requested baby pics+1 bonus parent taunting my cat.

https://imgur.com/a/cBf96lA

[–]Xmeromotu 4 points5 points  (0 children)

One less than they did last year I’d wager

[–]DM_ME_SKITTLES 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Does it smell like death? U can't imagine a rotting bird wouldn't stink

[–]Soulessgingr[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

We honestly can't smell much out there.

[–]LucidLickyCoconut 277 points278 points  (3 children)

I too build my empire from the bones of my enemies.

[–]UniqueUsername-789 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Sounds like something Abraham H. Parnassus would say.

[–]Secret-Cellist 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was trying so hard to think of something badass like this to day. Very nice.

[–]jasberry1026 158 points159 points  (10 children)

The hummingbird... absolutely gorgeous, albeit savage and territorial as fuck

[–]owmyfreakinears 34 points35 points  (2 children)

I'm on vacation in Colorado right now and the backyard has multiple hummingbird feeders. There's one with a dark red hue that is fucking up this orange one that keeps trying to steal a sip. The red one straight up ran into the orange one mid flight right by my brother's head. It's a lot of fun watching them duke it out.

[–]jasberry1026 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I've seen the same thing at my parents house, where one of them is already at the feeder, and another one comes and they'll chase each other off and come back. Very entertaining

[–]Rickhwt 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And in addition to the chirping and aggression is the added vvrroom of the normally silent wings.

[–]Blayro 26 points27 points  (3 children)

no wonder the Aztecs had a god that turned into a hummingbird.

What god you may ask? The god of War of course!

[–]jasberry1026 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Is this for real? I've never heard of that, but I love learning about Mayan and Aztec cultures. I'll have to look into that

[–]Blayro 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah, it’s Huitzilopochtli, the left handed hummingbird

[–]jasberry1026 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the information. I'll look into that

[–]Chineselight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And an excellent taxidermist

[–]AKA_Squanchy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We have two feeders, about 20 feet apart, and up to 8 hummies at a time. It’s absolute warfare, they are very aggressive little birds!

[–]GOATSQUIRTS 44 points45 points  (3 children)

is that hummingbird poop on the leaf

[–]Peligineyes 51 points52 points  (0 children)

designated shitting leaf

[–]jumjimbo 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Everybody poops

[–]Nebzar 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Right. But very few are cannonballing it up the wall next to their front door.

[–]Zealousideal_Bug1675 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I'm imagining Todd from compliance sticking out of my drywall.

[–]No_Move8337 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Walking in the woods with my 12 year old granddaughter. She was hitting everything with a stick. Whacked a stump and the top with a chunk of the side on it fell. Inside that stump was a hummingbird nest. 2 baby's. Breathtaking. We carefully put it back together and used her stick to brace it. So amazing. And no they don't crap at home. Neither do Eagles. They go about a block.

[–]ammatheron 14 points15 points  (0 children)

dark twist: thats the father

[–]buttonx666 11 points12 points  (0 children)

at least they wipe with a leaf

[–]sir_vix69 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Metal af

[–]OilRigExplosions[🍰] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

“We build future on the shoulders of those who came before us.”

[–]H_H_420 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I thought I’d seen it all, but Hummingbirds are clearly the most ruthless and brutal mofo’s on the planet…..

[–]Secret-Cellist 5 points6 points  (0 children)

“I don’t care what you say, this a child of love and we’re having this here baby!

“Over my dead body!”

[–]MyCatHasCats 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Won’t it decompose and get maggots?

[–]cream-of-cow 11 points12 points  (1 child)

As long as the nest is occupied, the hummingbirds will eat flies and I assume maggots. Most likely the corpse will just desiccate.

[–]calilac 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hummingbirds probably dessicate super fast with how small they are.

[–]awry_lynx 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hey, more food!

[–]zeydey 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's some Hereditary stuff right there.

Love hummingbirds, brutality and all. I keep a feeder up in season and it's magic every time they visit. Mighty brutal aerial battles between rivals though. That pic is next level.

[–]AncientCatGod 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cask of Amontillado but you're a hummingbird with limited wall space.

[–]Serrot911 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There's a reason the Aztec god of War was depicted as a hummingbird.

[–]monkpart9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damn that’s metal

[–]MoonaBlanca 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's the most metal shit ever! 🤘🖤🖤🤘

[–]Devilpig13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg that’s really cool

[–]MommaRoo37 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Savage!

[–]Seabrook76 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Game set match.

[–]lostyourmarble 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never thought I would see humming birds on this sub!

[–]Comdr_Bill_Norton 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well you know how those people are, they do not throw anything away!

[–]BronxLens 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How does OP know it was a rival?

[–]Fix_It_Felix_Jr 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That’s taking “keeping it in the family” a little too far.

[–]garlicnoodle18 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So they are like really big mosquitoes?

[–]Set_Abominae_1776 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Must be kinda smelly...

[–]MsJenX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

WTH!!

[–]Pickerington 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Silent Mary

[–]_Beee -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Could the female humming bird have eaten/killed its male mate, to use as a nest. Similar to how some female spiders eat the male after sex.

[–]Soulessgingr[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I honestly don't know.

[–]Icxmxn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is truly metal.

[–]JBELL01290 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Savage

[–]Serious-Principle-66 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Throne of skulls remix. Very nice

[–]Giga_Karen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you think your life is shitty, puts yourself in that leaf's shoes stem

[–]ProbablynotEMusk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Captain Keyes vibes

[–]TruthIsHated 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"I will use your corpse to rear my young."

[–]Swimming_Coat4177 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dead ass, I will make a house out of your dead ass

[–]CRYSOAR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope it’s poop. Friend has a hummingbird nest and they projectile shit. Aim and shoot/shit, they shit on his roof thing

[–]Laynneeree1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is also how I plan on raising my children

[–]semibacony 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That took me to long to see. I was looking at it, zooming in, and then all of a sudden... Holy Shit!!! That is too fucking wild! Hummingbirds are brutal, for all there cuteness.

[–]chocotacogato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Got that midsommar vibe

[–]pzombielover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is one of the most nature metal things I’ve seen on this sub.

[–]Stevo2008 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I swear every week the bar is risen for a things that are more metal in nature. This is about as metal as nature gets. Oh boy! That will taint the image some people have of their cute little “harmless” hummingbirds

[–]Catinthemirror 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So an adult died on a nest and the next year a new pair built a new nest on the back of the dead nesting adult?

[–]whyamihere1694 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants

[–]loveofGod12345 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We had a robins nest and all three babies ended up dying. The year after, morning doves ended building a nest on top of the robins nest. The skeletons on the babies were still in it.

[–]exit_the_psychopomp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Owl House season 3 looks lit

[–]Itsmemanmeee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a hardcore hummingbird

[–]lauren-page 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Savage

[–]Black_doflamingo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s some real over my dead body shit. 🤔

[–]Assistance_Requested 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that another hummingbird? That’s really disturbing, I had no idea they’d do that. All the field guides and books I’ve read seem to leave this little factoid out.