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Bird’s nest fungi have fruiting bodies that resemble birds’ nests filled with eggs. Each “nest” is smaller than a penny.
The nests are splash cups. When a raindrop hits one at the right angle, the walls are shaped such that the eggs (seeds) are expelled a good distance from the nest. Some species have a sticky trailing thread attached to each seed. If that thread encounters a twig on its flight the egg will swing around and wrap itself around the twig. The spores can then germinate there and start the life cycle over again.