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803, Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm694 [on-line data upload (2011-04-07): 5399]
SpeciesSouthern Masked Weaver
Observer(s)Roberts, George
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Gauteng, Muldersdrift,
Localitynear end of Incolae Road off the Muldersdrift Road (extension of Beyers Naude), Rietfontein 189IQ, quiet near the source of the Wilgespruit stream running NW to pass south of Muldersdrift, S 26°03.192’, E 27°52.541’
Latitude, longitude-26.0532, 27.87568333 [0 m accuracy]
NotesA Southern Masked Weaver had been busy for some time constructing this four compartment nest around a circular, plastic bird feeder. While doing so, it was particularly aggressive while building his palace, continuously chasing all sorts of garden birds away from their regular supply of seed. Unfortunately he had taken a few days off, to rest I must assume, when I paid a visit to this garden. I heard that two weeks after taking the photograph, that a female was occupying one of the four compartments. 7 April: I heard this morning that the female is sitting in the one nest \\\'she favours\\\'. The male is apparently in attendance.
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