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Southern masked weaver

Ploceus velatus


These beautiful and lively birds form colonies in suitable trees for their delicate hanging nests. The position of the nest on the very end of a narrow twig and the design with the opening at the bottom makes them very effective at keeping away predators and brood parasites which may threaten the eggs and young. The male pictured here is more brightly coloured than the female and does the majority of the nest building and maintenance. Regularly patrolling all of his nests and displaying to passing females.

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Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

great capture...

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks all, they flit from nest to nest and constantly flap their wings whilst they hang upside down so it took a bit of patience but they were great birds to watch so I really wanted to get a nice shot of them. :-)

Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Great moment for a shot.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wonderful picture!

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion, I've just joined! :-)

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

You should also include this is the mission.

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Emnambithi/Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 11, 2011
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

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