The Baya Weaver Project: The best part about this birding trip was that I got to observe the nest building and mating process. The intricate nest building process is fascinating. The facts revolving around this process are doubly fascinating.
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. The males take about 18 days to construct the complete nest with the intermediate “helmet stage” taking about 8 days. And it takes about 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 🙂
I will, in the following posts, cover the wooing male and the female inspecting the nest.
The fellow featured here is a male of burmanicus race, with the distinctive bright yellow crown.
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