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797, Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm8115 [on-line data upload (2014-01-08): 63351]
SpeciesVillage Weaver
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Limpopo, Hoedspruit,
LocalityBlyde wildlife estate off R36
Latitude, longitude-24.468969444444, 30.878755555556 [0 m accuracy]
NotesVm 7588 revisited. Trees shared by large lesser masked weaver colony. SMW & Spectacled weavers as well. see next report. Colony always infested with many Diederik cuckoos. Males land amongst colony. Weavers attack and chase off. Male flies off calling, being chased by colony. Female cuckoos sneak in & lay eggs. very quick. This colony was noted but not reported in previous years as it was small. Now rapidly grown into largest in the area. Nest count: 236 nests mixed
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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
69687928/8/20130nests in 2 large fever trees in well maintained garden. comments: after 2 visits only Village & Spectacle weavers seen at feeding tray below trees. Management also mentioned Red Headed weavers nesting under thatched guest cottages but these have been removed. nests: no new nests seen. Many remnants.
71827913/10/20130New nest in garden -half-way down large fever tree that usually has a large village & lesser masked colony - currently only at start-up stage. Nest built in about 4 days. Large boomslang lurking in garden trees.
753779724/11/20130Vm 6967 revisited. 2 mixed colonies of village & lesser masked weavers in 2 large fever trees in garden. Colonies become very active over last month. 101 nests in west tree, 88 in east tree. Owners feed birds daily.
811079221/12/2013118Vm 7538 revisited. Birds fed & watered - also goat pens with food. Trees shared by large Village weaver colonies. Colony always infested with many Diederik cuckoos. Males land amongst colony. Weavers attack and chase them off - en mass. Male flies off calling, being chased by colony. 2 Female cuckoos sneak in & lay eggs. Very quick. Nest count: 118 + 96 mixed species.

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