Indian Weaver Birds Found Near Bengaluru

Weaver birds found nesting near Bengaluru, how exciting is that!

Weaver birds are the architects of avian kingdom. The nests are elaborately woven by the birds, all from their genetic memory with no formal training. In fact each of the different species of weaver bird has different style of weaving the nests. Bird experts can easily identify the species from the way the nest is built. We were surprised when weaver birds were found near Bengalauru. On the way to Kokkarebellur we chanced on this tree having five to six weaver bird nests.

Weaver birds found near Bengaluru
Male Weaver Birds

Most noteworthy activity among these birds is that the males of the species build the nests with grass blades fetched from nearby fields during their innumerable trips. Once the female approves, the nest is completed and she lines up the inside of the nest with soft grass. The entrance is made in such a way that the birds find their entry very easily while it is extremely difficult for predators like snake to maneuver around to get to the entrance. We saw a nest with two separate entrances; probably one was for the male and the other for the female and the babies.
Weaver birds found nests
Weaver birds found feeding
Weaver birds found nesting
Weaver bird activities

The birds feed on insects and grains. Some species of the weaver bird fly in huge flocks and it seems they can have destructive power equal to that of locusts. We spent an hour there, waiting patiently to get shots of the birds perched on the nests. The birds were constantly chattering totally unmindful of our presence.

Weaver birds found near Bengaluru
Weaver birds found ib BangaloreMyth regarding Weaver Birds

One interesting myth associated with these birds is that these birds bring fireflies to the nests to light the nests up. One has to do bird watching at night to see if this is true. Once the breeding is over, it seems like the nests are taken over by other birds. The weaver birds found in the nests were enjoying the last days of summer after raising their young ones.

Next season we plan to be on time because kids want to see them building nests and I have to get shots of these birds building their nests.

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40 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    So nice! I learned much and enjoyed much. Thank you for your weaver birds.

  2. bobbie says:

    These pictures are so great! I am really impressed. Fascinating birds!

  3. Carletta says:

    What an awesome capture! This is so cool. The birds are beautiful.

    Love the myth of them bringing fireflies to the nest.

    Well done!!

  4. What interesting birds, ones that we don’t get in my part of the world.
    Stop by and visit The Gardener Side to see my bluejay photos for Camera Critters this week.

  5. Christy says:

    Very interesting little birds. Nice images to go along with the information. It would be interesting to know if they really do bring the lightning bugs to their nests at night.

  6. ratmammy says:

    These are cool! i’ve seen similar types of nests at one of the san diego zoos, maybe the wild animal park.

  7. picturing says:

    lovely series of your bird shots

    Hope you can Visit me also Thanks

  8. polona says:

    these birds are amazing… you managed some wonderful photos, and hope you get to see them weaving their nests next time 🙂

  9. IS: I do love these shots of a great bird. they are very acrobatic and that upsidedown shot is special.

  10. Misty Dawn says:

    This is a truly fantastic post! What awesome birds! I really, really enjoyed these photos and learning more about the birds. Thanks!

  11. sandy says:

    fascinating for sure

  12. babooshka says:

    Such an informative post, and wonderful images of such a beautiful bird.

  13. Leora says:

    Thanks for sharing and teaching us about the birds.

  14. Thanks for your email response and the link to your most interesting Camera Critters post. I’ve never seen or heard of these unusual birds and enjoyed learning about them here.
    Hugs and blessings,

  15. Lakshmi says:

    some awesome pictures there ..would be fun to shoot while the nests are being built

  16. mimi11460 says:

    Beautiful shots thats a great wonder in animal kingdom because every species has its own way of raising and protecting their offspring…Happy weekend Indrani…

  17. Nice work, Indrani – especially the last shot. When I was growing up in India I don’t think I ever saw a weaver bird’s nest.

  18. Swarna says:

    Glad you stopped to spend some time on them…

  19. Hilary says:

    Fascinating. I’ve sure never seen nests like that.

  20. Aileni says:

    Aren’t they amazing. Great series.

  21. June says:

    Very interesting post! Thanks for it and too, for stopping by Spatter.

  22. That is a great series!

  23. April says:

    Wonderful CC post! What fascinating birds, and their nests are so intricate. The nests must be very strong, too, the way they hang from the branches. Nice that your patience was rewarded. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  24. Gretchen says:

    Just beautiful nests! I learned a lot about them by reading your notes. Thanks!

  25. B. Roan says:

    Brilliant birds. The nests are impressive.

  26. imac says:

    All great shots and very interesting reading.

  27. Dragonstar says:

    Such clever birds! And a lovely firefly legend.

  28. WOW I loved this post on the weaver birds….great pictures and I like the part where they bring in fireflies at nite!!!

  29. GMG says:

    Hi Indrani!
    Sorry for the absence these last weeks, but unfortunately it wasn’t due to some summer holidays… ;))
    Thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, now at the MoMA for Art and New York lovers! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great week! I’ll try to get back here to enjoy your pictures with some more time during the week!

  30. AJEYA RAO says:

    I have seen several near my home in surathkal, As a child, I used to collect one or two to hang them in front of my house. I wish i knew then, that i was actually stealing someones home.

  31. Ladynred says:

    Interesting post. i never know about these bird. They are beautiful.

  32. Maddy says:

    great collection of snaps…maybe you should check out some salim ali writings…

  33. Terrific pics, as usual. Do the birds pose for you, Indrani? 🙂

    Very, very nice post

  34. mimi11460 says:

    Hello! Indrani thanks for the visit anyway since you don’t have message box I will answer your question yes gabi leaves are edible and the roots are also good source of carbohydrates like sweet potato but not sweet. I know these plants grow too in your country. I saw it in your market in travel and living program in cable network. and in business review magazine that I read when your country is featured once. just delete this my friend…

  35. Bengbeng says:

    well done indrani. all these is so interesting to me. hoping for more posts like this

  36. MamaGeek says:

    Oh Indrani,this was so fascinating to read about. Isn’t nature amazing? Beautiful shots too!

  37. Kat says:

    Was tickled reading..
    “..Once the female approves,..”
    “..We saw a nest with two separate entrances; probably one was for the male and the other for the female and the babies.”

    As usual, can see that the blog has shot to fame, with the excellent pictures. Congrats.

  38. Aarati says:

    Hi Indrani,

    I live south in Hyderabad. these nests are made by birds called weaver birds. the birds have a colourful plumage with more of yellow init. I saw many of these nests on the outskirts of hyderabad. it was interesting to read that the nest is approved by the female bird.

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