The Baya Weaver Project: I was fortunate enough to get the chance to shoot these amazing birds from close by. And in this case I got them with a uncluttered sky in the background. Makes them stand out just that bit more.
The Baya Weavers nest in colonies typically of up to 20-30, close to the source of food, nesting material and water. They are best known for the elaborately woven nests constructed by the males. The nests are woven with long strips of paddy leaves, rough grasses and long strips torn from palm fronds. Each strip can be between 20–60 cm in length. A male bird is known to make up to 500 trips to complete a nest.
The nests are partially built before the males begin to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling while hanging from their nests. The females inspect the nest and signal their acceptance of a male. Once a male and a female are paired, the male goes on to complete the nest by adding the entrance tunnel. Males are almost solely in charge of nest building, though their female partners may join in giving the finishing touches, particularly on the interiors. The females may modify the interiors or add blobs of mud 🙂
Seen here, the male Baya Weaver flapping wings to attract some female attention 🙂
I will, in the following posts, cover other aspects of this delightful bird.
The fellow featured here is a male of burmanicus race, with the distinctive bright yellow crown.
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