Baya Weaver completing nest

on 29th May 2010

The male Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) builds the nest up to the helmet stage, collecting materials and weaving the pieces together. He then gets his mate to approve the structure. Only then will the bulbous egg-chamber and the long pendulous entrance tube be completed. This final stage of building sees both adults participating.

The image by Calvin Chang a.k.a. Deswitch shows the pair bringing strips of grass blades and/or palm leaflets to complete the nest building (above left). That by Jimmy Tan a.k.a. skylark shows the pair hard at work completing the egg-chamber (above right).

Earlier posts can be viewed HERE and HERE.

Image above left by Calvin Chang and right by Jimmy Tan.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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6 Responses

  1. Image by Calvin shows 2 birds with yellow crowns meaning 2 males. 2 males building a single nest?
    Correct me if I’m wrong. Or is it the same male with 2 images merged into 1?

  2. I think that a merged image in the (L) picture, the same male.
    Never seen two male working for same nest. Male and female working together like the (R) pic.

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