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Bird of the Month: Village Weaver

My Magazine 2023/07
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The Village Weaver is a small to medium-sized bird with a length of about 15-17 centimetres. The breeding male has a bright yellow plumage with a black face, bill, and throat. It has a distinctive black hood on its head, which gives it its name. The non-breeding male and females have a more subdued yellow-brown plumage.

The Village Weaver is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is commonly found throughout its range in open savannas, grasslands, woodlands, and agricultural areas.

Village Weavers are known for their intricate nest-building skills. They construct large, flask-shaped nests of grass, leaves, and thin twigs. These nests are often suspended from the branches of trees or bushes. The male weavers build multiple nests to attract females, who select a nest for breeding.

Village Weavers are highly gregarious birds often seen in large flocks. They are known for their communal nesting, where multiple nests are built in close proximity, forming colonies. These colonies can sometimes contain hundreds of nests. The diet of Village Weavers primarily consists of seeds, grains, and insects. They forage on the ground, in trees, and in grassy areas, often in small groups. 

Village Weavers breed during the rainy season when food availability is high. Males display elaborate courtship behaviours, including flapping their wings, hopping, and singing, to attract females. Village Weavers have a variety of calls, including a melodious song consisting of trills and warbles. Males often sing from prominent perches to defend their nesting territories and attract mates.

The Village Weaver is a common and widespread bird in its range, known for its beautiful plumage and intricate nest-building behaviour. Its adaptability to various habitats has contributed to its successful presence in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

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