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790, Dark-backed Weaver Ploceus bicolor (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm4298 [on-line data upload (2012-12-12): 27584]
SpeciesDark-backed weaver
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, St Lucia,
Localityviewpoint parking Mission rocks
Latitude, longitude-28.264722222222, 32.481683333333 [0 m accuracy]
Notesrevisited vm 4174 darkbacked weaver over parking lot. used flash - can see bits of green leaf used as lining inside.
Nest count1
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
41747901/12/20121Had seen but ignored this badly damaged nest remnant 2 months ago. Closer inspection today revealed total revamp by pair of darkbacks. Pics show male inside repairing with creeper tendrils. Female sitting next to nest vocalising & being attentive. Birds duetting. Female hanging around nest, being vigilant, sometimes inspecting or vocalising in harmony close-up to male. Male flies off to get new material. Female seen to be tearing leaves of tree near nest and dropping them - Q. is this (impatient) displacement activity or clearing immediate site for better visibility? Male not seen doing this so showing off nest is not a consideration. Whole concept is suspect because exposing nest means predators will also spot it. Birds definitely paired before so again, usual statement that male needs to show nest is not valid. Guess is that it is displacement and that she will line the nest with leaves once outer shell is completed.
429879010/12/20121revisited vm 4174 darkbacked weaver over parking lot. used flash - can see bits of green leaf used as lining inside.

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