Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) – The intricate designer   2 comments

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) - The intricate designer

Baya weavers are best distinguished by the yellow crown of the breeding males and the intricate designs of their grass nests. The nests are entirely built by the males and it takes them nearly 500 trips to build one.

Both males and females are polygamous. A male would typically build multiple half nests that look more or like helmets and showcase them to prospective partners. Once a partner is ready to mate, they would complete the nest including the tunnel shaped entrance. They are also known to use clay to cement the interiors of the nest. Once the female lays eggs, males move onto their other half-finished nests looking for newer partners:)

Most of the nests are East facing. Hence they are designed to withstand the fury of the SouthWest monsoons in India and South East Asia. Interestingly I have also observed Silverbills and Munias trying to occupy nests build by the baya weavers. These birds sometimes also exhibit intraspecific brood parasitism i.e they lay eggs in others’ nests.

2 responses to “Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) – The intricate designer

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  1. Great snap!

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