The Southern Masked Weaver


Feb 07 2016


Category: birds

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Focal Length:300mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D5100

A fascinating little bird! The males are brightly coloured and build up to 25 nests per season. These are intricately woven with reeds or grass, with a small tunnel through which they enter. The female lines the nest with soft grass and feathers. It happens every so often that the nest is finished before the female is ready to mate, at which point she proceeds to rip apart the nest and the poor male must start all over again.

The southern masked weaver lays eggs of a various colours which helps it to evade parasitisation by cuckoos. The cuckoo has no way of knowing what kind of eggs are inside the weaver’s nest until it has entered the nest to attempt to lay one itself. Eggs of the wrong colouration are ejected by the nest owners. (PARASITISM OF THE MASKED WEAVER PLOCEUS VELATUS ARUNDINACEUSH C. Hunter Ostrich Vol. 32, Iss. 2, 2010)

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