Baya Weaver – food source

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Saw a number of Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on the sessile spikelets of the Chrysopogon aciculatus, locally called Love Grass because it sticks to our socks and pants. The bird climb up the stalks and their weight will often bow-over the stalk.

They will pick off the sessile spikelets. A short video taken from the car here: https://youtu.be/FvqiChFnM3g

I have previously reported this and also seen Chestnut Munias (Lonchura atricapilla) feed on the same plant.

https://www.besgroup.org/2013/04/06/baya-weaver-feeding-on-chrysopogon-aciculatus-seeds/

Although many of us consider this grass a pest/nuisance birds use it for feeding and nesting material (Tailorbirds, Pipits). Some humans use the straw for weaving mats, hats, brushes, etc.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Malim Nawar Wetlands, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Extensive ex-tin mining area with pond/lakes, wetlands, fish farming

Date: 2nd January 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld

 

 

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