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

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    • 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!

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  2. 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.


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