April 17, 2017 – Cape weaver (Ploceus capensis)

These weavers are endemic to South Africa, as well as west Swaziland and Lesotho. Their diet includes a wide variety of seeds, grains, nectar, pollen, and insects. They are often seen in small flocks foraging in trees or on the ground. During the breeding season, males defend a small territory in which they build several woven hanging nests. They display while hanging from the bottom of the nests to attract females. Once a female has laid her eggs in a nest the male will attempt to attract another female to one of his other nests. Females incubate the eggs and feed the chicks alone.


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