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797, Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus (see species summary here)
Record status ACCEPTED Vm 4390 [on-line data upload (2012-12-13): 27762] Species Village Weaver Observer(s) Zaloumis, Alex Country, town, locus South Africa, Mpumalanga, White River ,
Locality next to Bayhill Drive bridge
Latitude, longitude -25.28375, 31.0004 [0 m accuracy] Date 2012/12/12 Notes 2 fever trees on banks of river; active colony.
nests 74 plus couple of 'rings'. Diedericks cuckoos heard, lower and fallen nests not counted. Birds fed nearby also seen feeding on lawn. Nest count 74 Nest site tree
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vm Species code Date Nests Notes 4390 797 12/12/2012 74 2 fever trees on banks of river; active colony.
nests 74 plus couple of 'rings'. Diedericks cuckoos heard, lower and fallen nests not counted. Birds fed nearby also seen feeding on lawn. 6238 797 8/7/2013 0 Numerous old surviving nests. No new/green nests observed. Many weavers in these fever trees and surrounds. Some eating either new buds or aphids in fever trees.
Fever tree colony around dam near bridge and landscaped gardens. 7455 797 9/11/2013 0 Vm 4390 & 6238 revisited.
Colony much reduced from 70 odd nests originally reported in Vm 4390. Many damaged new nests on lawn - signs of gymnogene attack - backs torn out. Vm 6238 also showed marked reduction in numbers. Visited 6 weeks ago and colony started to look virile with many males displaying under newly built nests (not reported).
Conclude that tree-based colony stressed from predation & now relocated 200m to nearby reedbeds at Vm 7430 as these were all green/new. Also a new colony (20 odd nests) starting in a solitary fever tree 400m away. (Not reported)
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