Skip to main content

Baya Weaver - adult male in breeding plumage





Weaver is master builder of nature. There are three types of weaverbird generally seen in Gujarat. Baya Weaver is most common among them. During nesting season, we can catch them at many places. While coming back to Patan from Ahmedabad on our favorite road we saw them. The way it manages itself on two twigs - just recall the stunt of Ajay Devagan from ‘Phool aur Kante’.

Something about Bird:
  • The baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. These nest colonies are usually found on thorny trees or palm fronds and the nests are often built near water or hanging over water where predators cannot reach easily. They are widespread and common within their range but are prone to local, seasonal movements mainly in response to rain and food availability.
  • Males build many partial nests and begin courting females.
  • The male finishes the nest only after finding a mate.
  • Prior to breeding, they go through a prenuptial moult. Adults also go through a second moult after breeding and thus there are two moults each year.
  • Nests may sometimes be taken over and used for nesting by munias and Indian silverbills


18th August 2016
Thol Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India

Nikon D7100
AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E
f/14, 1/250,iso-800

Previous                                                                                                                                  Next

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

About Us

One of the features of a civilized man is that he has hobbies, serious hobbies. From time immemorial man has invented and developed various hobbies ranging from stamp collection to feather collection. Though man has been a social animal for a long time, the primeval instinct in his has not died. We yearn and long to be close to nature. There are a few hobbies that give us an opportunity to do so. One such hobby is bird-watching. It might seem simple to read the word and guess that it is very easy to watch the birds. But it is not what it seems. It needs a lot of dedication, determination and consistency to master ‘the art of bird-watching.’ It takes years of patience and perseverance to be a good birdwatcher. What you choose as your hobby is not as important as to what hobby chooses you. You have to be the chosen one.   Dr. Pankaj Maheria, a Professor at GMERS Medical College, Valsad (South Gujarat) is one such Chosen One. Birds have chosen him as a medium between their worl

Gallery