Twigs & Twine~

Weavers, like this Red Bishop from Africa, are industrious and highly social birds. These photos were taken at The San Diego Safari Park aviaries, close to The Holler. There are now 400 or so of these beauties flying wild in Holler skies.
I bet they escaped from the park. Smart birdies.

Weavers belong to a family of birds named Ploceidae that weave incredibly intricate nests that hang from trees in groups or colonies. Holler orioles are weavers.

Buffalo Weavers, also from Africa, are charmingly gregarious, happy birds, that like to perch next to you to for a little chat!

Here they are discussing a leaf. What to do with it? Should they pick it up? They seem to think not. It is, obviously, an object worthy of much interest and discussion, but in the end, a useless thing to them.

They may have no use for leaves, but they are artistic masters of twigs and twine, and spend much of their time collecting both.

Cheers to you from the very busy, very happy weavers~
(Click on paired birds to see more detail.)

230 thoughts on “Twigs & Twine~

  1. I love how colorful those birds are and their feathers are so fluffy! Very beautiful birds! I wished we had more colorful ones here too! I think this next summer I will plant some things to try and attract different kinds of birds in my yard. Provided Lucy doesn’t try and chase them away! Happy Thanksgiving sweetie! Hugz Lisa and Lucy

      1. I am going to! I want to hang hummingbird feeders too! My yard has been all grass for too long! Time to plant pretty plants and flowers and totally put plants on my huge deck

  2. Weavers bring back memory of a trip to Kenya where our guide called me a black capped social weaver. Would you believe I actually got home with a weaver bird nest which I still have?

    1. Oh I love your nickname and so amazing you brought back a weaver’s nest! Good for you! When I left S. Africa on our first trip, I opened my suitcase in Paris, and an African frog jumped out, hopped around the room, and jumped out the window into Paris! Frogs can self reproduce and I always wondered if there would be a subsequent African frog population in Paris!

  3. I’m so in-twiged by these beautiful birds. ΒΈ.β€’*Β¨*βœ§β™‘βœ§βŠΉβ‹›β‹‹(β€˜Ξ˜β€™β—)β‹Œβ‹šβŠΉ β„’β„΄Ρ΅β„― βœ§β™‘βœ§*Β¨*β€’.β₯

  4. Loved this post, as always, Cindy. I have only seen weavers in the wild, so what fun it is to see them collecting twigs and contemplating leaves even in captivity. Beautiful and industrious birds.

  5. You know I’m smiling a big smile after looking at your pictures here — BIRDIES!!! YES!!! Thank you so much! I love the expression on the face of the Weaver with a twig in it’s mouth lol.

    1. I have so many photos of them with twigs like this! They would look directly at me as if to say, “You poor creature, look at what I have!” Laughing…….I love these πŸ•ŠοΈπŸ•ŠοΈ

  6. We had weavers in Liberia, Cindy, that we called rice birds. I am assuming they must have liked the rice that the Kpelle grew. πŸ™‚ They build wonderful nests that hung down from the palm trees in sort of a J configuration. Really liked the discussion going on over the leaf. –Curt

    1. Yes, they call those groupings of nests, “apartments.” Watching these birds is one of the most calming things a human can do. So glad you saw them in the wild! πŸ•ŠοΈ

    1. πŸ•ŠοΈ intelligence has been so underrated. I am glad science is finally catching up to the complexity of their cognitive and behavioral abilities. Birds can do so many things that humans can’t even begin to understand.

  7. I don’t guess I’ve ever seen one of these guys, but they’re certainly beautiful! Such pretty colors and intense facial expressions. Thank you for sharing them with us, Cindy!

    1. They use Mother Nature’s twine, not ours. The Holler orioles for example strip twine from palm trees and weave their entire nest with it! I have photos of this which maybe I should post. You may not see this in a conifer forest, but if you look around many habitats, twine exists in all sorts of plants and trees.

        1. Let me know what you learn. I think you well might have some, but I only found this reference:
          Birds of the Pacific Northwest Mountains: The Cascade Range, the …

          Jan L. Wassink – 1995 – β€ŽNature
          The Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains, Vancouver Island, and the Coast Mountains Jan L. Wassink. Common … Named for the nest-weaving habits of some of its members β€” who weave the most complex and largest nests in the bird world β€” weaver finches have short, conical bills adapted to cracking seeds.

    1. Nope. Not a wimp. Wise. The park is very hot in mid summer and I most especially hate the mists of water sent over human visitors to mitigate the mid-summer heat because it is the only place I go where I have to really shield my camera from the water. The best time is early fall, before the teachers have geared up for all the field trips. And the best time to overstay is at closing, because the keepers expect this, the diehards remain, and you get good photo ops.

  8. These are so beautiful! Those Buffalo Weavers with the white breasts just look so soft and fluffy. Makes one want to just snuggle! Wishing you and yours a beautiful happy Thanksgiving, my friend! I am blessed by you! πŸ˜€

  9. What smart and elegant birds, Cindy. It’s always a pleasure to see you’ve visited my blog and left me a good word. Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  10. Your gorgeous photos, Cindy, have made me a little nostalgic for something I can’t quite identify. I’ve always had a strong feeling that I should be able to fly, and often have had a deep urge to do so. I must be part weaver, because I love collecting twigs, as well as the human version: branches. The detail in these photos is amazing ❀

  11. <3 I would love to know what they were discussing over a leaf. It would be funnier if the discussion had nothing to do with the leaf. lol Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures Cindy!

  12. Beutiful little birdies, at first in one of the photos I thought it was the “American eagle” what’s the name of that one by the way? but is a Buffalo Weaver, maybe the American eagle and this one fight to see who is who is more recognised. Anyways, glad to be back for at least a bit of time and read you all and see your pictures, they always fascinate me.

    1. Glad you are back and hope all is well with you! You are thinking of The Bald Eagle. This guy does have a similar white head, but is much smaller. Wonderful to hear from you & cheers too!

  13. Those birds are blessed with such delicate, intricate beauty. No wonder they are impelled to create intricate nests! Love the pictures — and your commentary.

  14. I love how you capture their individual personalities. We no so little of their community structures – but one thing is certain, they have many wonderful conversations. Hugs!!

  15. They are so pristine Cindy!! Beautifully photographed (like always!). and amazing that you have their “cousins” living in the neighborhood!! We have a large flock of bright green (noisy!!) parrots near us– one morning I counted 40 on the telephone wires!! And– How was your Thanksgiving?? I’m remembering your berry pies! xox

  16. I loved the really cute birds and your fun comments. I do wonder why they are studying that leaf?
    The little bracelets on the birds may have a homing device to see how far these birds roam, fly and explore. I’m just guessing. One lucky bird has a silver and a pink one, too. ❀ Thank you for sharing!

  17. Bonjour mon ami amie CINDY
    Juste un sourire pour toi
    Je le laisse sortir de mon cΕ“ur
    C’est un sourire en douceur
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    Je le partage avec tous mes amis amies
    de celui ou celle qui le reçois
    peu importe son Γ’ge
    il le rendra heureux ou heureuse
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    1. No I haven’t which bugs me a lot. Orioles are weavers and they populate The Holler in huge numbers in the summer. I saw a community of nests once, but wasn’t sure what it was. I think they nest in the dense oak forests. It bothers me a lot that I saw them, didn’t register it. Plus the oak groves are full of poison ivy, weird bugs, that crawl and bite into my rattlesnake books. The Holler is an interesting place….

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