Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Black-capped Social Weaver

Black-capped Social Weaver Pseudonigrita cabanisi
Mega Area, Ethiopia
18 January 2014

     The Black-capped Social Weaver is a gregarious, ground-feeding species that nests in colonies in acacia trees. It appears that the long, extremely sharp points of the acacia thorns provide at least a measure of protection against some would-be predators and nest parasitic species.





9 comments:

  1. Glorious pictures of this astonishing bird and its beautiful nest.

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  2. What great builders!
    Very interesting....
    Have a great day!
    M//

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  3. Amazing nests! These constructions are doing impression!
    Greetings :-)

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  4. It's interesting that the entry appears to be at the base, but that probably gives extra protection too!

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  5. Quel nid impressionnant ! un appartement de luxe pour cet oiseau ...

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  6. Beautiful nest hanging on the tree.

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  7. Tremendous nests there David. I'm wondering if the sheer bulk of the nest is something of a protection from predators too. When I go into tree sparrow nests the youngsters can be hidden deep in a corner of the nest and it can sometimes be hard to find them, especially if there are just one or two small nestlings.

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  8. Wonderful to see how all together they build nests in the same tree.
    Beautifully photographed.

    Groetjes Tinie

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  9. What cool to see David as this. This I really have never seen such a nest. Really fantastic this!

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