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.
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 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.
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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