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Sociable Weaver associations

2012-05-08 (214)

During the Namibian ringers get-together 2012 at Wiese farm, ringing happened at several Sociable Weaver colonies. This allowed data to be collected on bird species associated with their nests. The 'Red' colony had some old Southern Masked Weaver nests in the same tree, indicating breeding by this species earlier in the year. At the 'White' colony we caught two Acacia Pied Barbets that had been roosting in a Sociable Weaver nest chamber. At the 'Blue' colony a small flock of Rosy-faced Lovebirds was using the nests and one was caught in the nets; later a pair of Red-headed Finches was investigating nest chambers while we were ringing. At the Sociable Weaver colony closest to the farm house, a pair of Pygmy Falcons was caught and ringed.

Photos: Acacia Pied Barbet, Rosy-faced Lovebirds waiting to return to the Sociable Weaver colony, Red-headed Finch investigating nest, pair of Pygmy Falcons.

A trip report will follow!