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793, Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm1052 [on-line data upload (2011-08-16): 8012]
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Limpopo, Mutale ,
Localitynext to Mutale Falls entrance, 22\'30\"12.80S & 30\'58\"13.00E
Latitude, longitude-22.5035555556, 30.9702777778 [0 m accuracy]
Notesbaobab next to Mutale Falls entrance with many old nests - no birds visible. many other trees in vicinity also festooned with nests
Nest count0
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
105279313/8/20110baobab next to Mutale Falls entrance with many old nests - no birds visible. many other trees in vicinity also festooned with nests
412479320/11/2012211Nest count: 211 plus 14 on ground & 7 in neighbouring baobab + 3 in other trees. (Plus one village weaver nest & broadbilled roller) note. 1. 14 fallen nests cut open - all lined with mopani leaves. 2. 9x blue egg & 1x white egg shell remains found below. 3. one fallen nest had obviously been used by another species (white egg) 4. many nests are reused or added on to/extended/multi level. (can see old structure when cut open) 5. Klaas, Diederick & Jacobin cuckoos calling. no predators seen over 2 visit periods, but found dwarf mongoose colony in nearby village. 6. nest robbing for material common - as was picking up from fallen nests. 7. 2x other large baobabs with big nest populations nearby - but cannot access. 8. only water in immediate region was constantly dripping taps in adjacent village. Permanent water- mine dam about 1km away. 9. single or double RHweaver nests found in large trees in village as well. 10. spent about 5hrs over 2 days watching colony & recording behaviour. 11. weather was exceedingly hot. Veld was very dry.
412879321/11/20120see notes at prev day
52767935/3/2013206revisited - mv4128 (mv1052/4124). average mid-morning (10h30) count with 2 people - 206 completed nests - no weaver birds in attendance (palm swifts seen & both klaas & diedericks heard in immediate vicinity). Note - last pic - nest counted as 3 completed units. Numerous nests on ground not counted- being consumed by termites; only RHW nests in this baobab included in count.
730379317/10/20130camped under tree to study late afternoon, night & morning activity. Still no rain. birds drinking from tap. Feeding from scraps - esp. pap from labour compound. Pied crow making repeated inspections. Green Hoepoes checking & feeding from nests. Black cuckoo calling. Most nests being re-furbished with old sticks and green leaves. not much building, just fiddling. Most behaviour was males displacing each other in bursts, some chasing females, some paired birds chasing unattached females which were inspecting nests. Groups fly off to feed in compound - starting at dawn before humans started moving around. Cut throat finches continually harrassed until dark. No of males - 30 odd. Females 15-20. Nests - about 150 old, newer, torn, etc. many on ground. Roller busy lining nest in hole above colony no other weaver species seen. other much smaller RHW sites in area had males, no females. Some new or half nests seen. Staff claim weavers arrived 2 weeks ago but main colony not arrived. Conclusion: Colony 'on hold' - rains will probably re-activate nest building & breeding behaviour. cut throats arrive at dusk every evening to roost in nests. The RHW chase them around until sunset then calm down. The cut throats then tend to pick the same 'unoccupied' nest to roost. Have pic of one of about 4 pairs (of about 11 birds) cut throats trying to mind their business until RHW retire. The same nest tends to be used and are often identifiable by their lining, lice, excretement build-up - and that the green wood-hoopoes tend to concentrate on - I presume to eat the vermin

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