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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Baya Weaver Bird Colony

It is fortunate that the location of this Baya Weaver bird colony is still unknown to commercial nest collectors as the nest can fetch quite a good price, apparently there is a demand for them as home ornaments. I still do not understand why anyone would want to decorate their homes with a weaver bird nest.

Sparrow-sized, the Baya Weaver (Ploceus philipinus) is known to be one of the most spectacular nest builders in the avian world.
The male builds two types of coconut-sized hanging nests, one for perching and the other for brooding. Their nests are woven from fresh long grass slit into string-like strips and are coconuts in size.

Perching Nest

The male sports a bright yellow plumage on the head and, during breeding season, this distinguishes it from the female.

Brooding Nest

Off-breeding season, both sexes look similar, brownish with dark accents down its body.


Barb Mcgovern said...

I love your "bird" pictures. As a matter of fact, I love all of your nature pics. Awesome! Good luck with spending more time with your family. It's always worth it no matter what you have to do. I know as I have 6 children and they are all great to be with.

Tung Kin Foong said...

Thank You