Weaver Bird

weaver bird close up

It’s been a while since I posted here, or so it seems. So here is a weaver bird hanging in the nest it is building. Tamara and I watched weaver birds when we were in South Africa in September.

One thing I kept thinking was that the birds never seemed to step back and say ‘Right, it’s finished.’

Rather, they keep twisting, tying, adding and tweaking endlessly.

Here’s the full frame of the close-up above.


  1. I love weaver birds! Always had lots of them in the garden when I was growing up. It’s amazing how exacting the females are … If the nest the male builds isn’t to her liking, his little wife will rip it apart. But he’ll just patiently start again and keep working until she decides it’s perfect…:)

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    1. Thank you for this. I did some reading about females rejecting nests if they are not fresh and green and up to snuff. And that a male can build lots of nests in the hope that a female will like one of them, and that if she chooses one, he will cannibalise the others or destroy them.


      1. That’s interesting. I always thought it was the females that destroyed them.


        1. Probably telling him, ‘Tear down that nest or I will!

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  2. Joan E. Miller says:

    Lovely! It’s new for me to see a green nest being built. I have always seen older weaver nests and my memory seems to have only mages of dried straw-colored nests. We have at least one species of birds in the U.S. that are “weavers” – orioles.


    1. Thank you, Joan. I too was surprised to see green leaves because in the UK the nesting material is always discarded twigs, bits of down, moss and that kind of thing.


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