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797, Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 4285 [on-line data upload (2012-12-10): 27466] Species Village Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Richmond,
Locality Highover reception office
Latitude, longitude -29.913911111111, 30.088922222222 [0 m accuracy] Date 2012/12/6 Notes Visited vm3986 site. Mixed colony with yellow weavers. Males mostly chasing/displacing each other, doing upside down hanging display or just sitting attentively next to nest. Presume females were busy brooding. Nest count 0 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 4284 800 6/12/2012 0 Fever tree, mixed colony.
1. about 35 nests in tree. 8 on the ground -examined for inner linings etc. Use fever tree fronds with pinnate leaves inside - just like village weaver fan-like structure.
2. some fallen nests had ripped open egg chamber - by gymnogene.
3. egg fragments. white with brown speckle. Greenish blue with brown speckle. One white & one blue.
4. 10x to 11x different male Yellows. 4x Village weavers males.
5. Sole Fever tree is the highest tree in garden.
6. at least 4 females actively feeding.
7. females also touch-up/tidy nest - one even brought strand of material.
8. both male & females seen to bite off and drop fever tree leaves.
8. females also do wing shiver and upside down hanging display - but not as strongly as males.
9. Colony surrounded by virile riverine forest trees.
10. Many other birds using this tree to perch etc.
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