Village weavers / Ploceus cucullatus

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Weaver bird nests are extraordinary structures.  Most individual nests are cylindrical in shape, with downward-facing, narrow entrances that are usually situated over or next to water.

Male weavers tend to be the nest builders.

Weaver birds are the only birds recorded with the ability to tie knots.

Sociable weaver nests are the largest structures built by birds.

Village weavers are also known as the spotted-backed weaver or black-headed weaver.

Weaver birds are a group of several families of small passerine birds that are related to the finches.

A gregarious species of open habitats, especially weedy and agricultural areas; occurs in flocks of tens to hundreds.

Typically one of the most common weaver species where it occurs, but care should be taken to separate it from rarer species, especially when in non-breeding plumage.

Village Weavers in other plumages are distinguished by their larger size, larger bill, and eye colour.

They construct compact hanging woven nests, often in large colonies in or near towns. Like most weavers, Village weavers have a remarkable song made up of a jumble of squeaky notes followed by a drawn out sizzling buzz. Calls include a sharp “dzip” and “chut” or “chit” given singly or in series. Flocks create a loud burbling chatter.