DID YOU KNOW?
- The thick-billed weaver differs from other weavers; it has no yellow in its plumage; the eggs are pink and not white or blue; it does not molt during the first year of its life; the nest-building technique is unique.
- Blood protein tests have proved that the thick-billed weaver is a true weaver.
- Their favorite fruit is from the white stink-wood tree.
- Their powerful jaws enable them to open stony fruits. They love sunflower seeds and often steal seeds from aviaries.
- They nest in reed-beds. Nest-building does not begin until the reeds are strong as these form the support for the nest.
- Finely shredded leaves from the Typha bulrushes are used to construct a nest.
- Once the nest is approved by the female, the male closes the entrance so that his mate can just squeeze through.
- Usually three eggs are laid.
- Insects, small water snails, berries, and seeds are fed to the young.
- Fledglings remain with the mother, eventually forming family parties.
- Abandoned nests are used by mice and other birds. Other young weavers often use the nest to practice weaving!
Ref: The Complete Book of South African Birds.
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