Year of 2017

Weaver birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Look up into the branches while exploring Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park and you may see a collection of weaver bird nests like this. Nearly all species of weaver birds are known for their elaborate nests. It’s usually the male who scavenges materials, and interlaces them carefully to craft a nest nice enough to attract a mate, and strong enough to hold the chicks that will hatch within. It’s considered one of the most intricate nests made by a bird.

The Ploceidae, or weavers, are small passerine birds related to the finches. These are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills, most of which are from Sub-Saharan Africa, with fewer species in tropical Asia. A few species have been introduced outside their native range. The weaver group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black. Some species show variation in colour only in the breeding season.
Scientific name: Ploceidae
Biological classification: Family
Consists of: Quelea · Euplectes · Fody · Ploceus · Bubalornis · Malimbus · Sporopipes
Belongs to: Passerine