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793, Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 3093 [on-line data upload (2012-10-01): 22831] Species Red-headed Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
Locality housing estate's security entrance near Hoedspruit Latitude, longitude -24.348888888889, 30.95875 [0 m accuracy] Date 2012/9/30 Notes a single Red-headed Weaver nest mostly below a large mixed colony of village & masked weavers. Located in a fever tree about 4m up hanging
over the tarred exit of a housing estate's security entrance. Nest count 1 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 3088 792 30/9/2012 0 2 large fever trees with many mostly old village & mostly lesser masked weaver nests hanging over entrance of Wildlife Estate entrance. Nests 65 plus 71 = 136 total (note 2 chambered nests)3 or 4 village weavers seen at very top of trees but mostly old nests
- Red headed weaver nest found in lower reaches centre of pic 2. 4857 792 22/12/2012 0 Revisted 3088 & 3099. mixed colony of village & lesser masked weavers. Decimated colony. 4 active weavers seen in trees. No new rings or green nests. 1st pic - was 65 nests now 25/6 of which 15/16 look viable(down from 65 plus). 2nd pic 37/38 nests of which 20 odd look viable. (down from 71). The Red Headed weaver nest reported (vm 3093) at the bottom of the 1st pic tree is barely recognisable.
Spoke to guards about demise of colony. Snakes. No old nests on ground but it is a garden, so probably cleared up. Note: these snakes could easily reach the Hotel school pub colony (vm3692) a mere 80m away. Considering rapid re-growth of 3692 colony - birds probably moved away from this large colony due to predation.
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