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799, Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis (see species summary here)

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Record statusACCEPTED
Vm3474 [on-line data upload (2012-10-23): 24906]
Speciescape weavers
Observer(s)Zaloumis, Alex
Country, town, locusSouth Africa, Gauteng, Lanseria,
Latitude, longitude-25.900214, 27.95727 [0 m accuracy]
Notesmixed colony of cape weavers including thickbill & red bishop birds. many nests old & new. birds in attendance. note colour - very rich red- needed to check species - shall return to get clear pictures. Large colony more than 20 nests and many more throughout extensive reedbeds and on trees. They were already breeding - The first few nests I inspected had no eggs - then I found many nests with eggs deeper in the reed beds. See also phown 3687
Nest count20
Nest sitereed

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vmSpecies codeDateNestsNotes
347380421/10/20128mixed colony of cape & thickbill weavers in tall reeds in dam. eggs found & photographed. birds in attendance. note - re-use of old nest (2 eggs) - remnants of others and new nests being built or completed. 3-4 males seen. females seen probably about 8 or 9 nests (reeds very thick). Egg is 1 of 3 from a Thickbilled weaver nest. Other nests had almost white thickbill weaver eggs
368980323/10/20120lots of breeding sthn masked weavers in these reeds and around but only 2 isolated/single obvious nests found in trees at waters edge. presume rest are in the reeds mixed up together with cape weavers.
368880424/10/20120variations of nests - different shapes, many much larger and some open, many with new/green entrances added onto old nests. Presume these open nests were used to shelter from the highveldt winters. Thickbilled weavers nests all mixed up with many cape weaver nests see bottom of pic with tall reeds - these are reeds that were not burnt so presume that the nests survived and being reused.

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Vm 3689

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