Huge group nests of sociable weaver birds
across southern Africa are about as close as nature gets to building condos.
These trees are also an ideal habitat for Baya Weaver birds
From the Young Architect series for young readers age 7 and up, "Animal Homes" uses clear, brief, highlighted narrative in tandem with demonstrative color photos and illustrations to demonstrate structure, location and construction of homes for over nine different species, including weaver birds
, magpies, beavers, termite colonies, burrowers, bees and wasps, spiders, and more.
This wetland area is a habitat of most insect species, birds like weaver birds
, white stock birds, ducks and red barret.
There have been weaver birds
, nun birds, yellow-crowned and blueheaded parrots, scarlet macaws, night jars, yellow-headed vultures, pied kingfishers, fish eagles And that's before you start on the insects, including tarantulas and electric blue morpho butterflies.
The winner of Product of the Year went to Harrod Horticutural for their clever Slot&Lock framework building system which enables gardeners to create super stable netting cages and support frames I also loved the Cacoon; a hanging callout space based on the tiny hanging nests of the Mexican weaver birds
, though it's far from cheap at pounds 300.
Repeatability of nest morphology in African weaver birds
Scientists filmed male Southern Masked Weaver birds
in Botswana as they built multiple nests out of grass during a breeding season.
The fundamentals of weaving are evident in the Fence series and a direct correlation to nature is seen in the elaborate nests of the Ploceidae, weaver birds
related to the finch.
He could size up the students' abilities and match them to one of numerous research topics with which he was associated, from bird strikes at airports and nuclear cooling towers, to contamination of production line products by rodents and to techniques for controlling weaver birds
The evolution of social organisation and visual communication in the weaver birds
have handy beak shapes for weaving, but birds spend many more hours using their beaks for nutritional rather than nesting purposes, so beak shape is most likely to indicate diet.
Languidly drifting down the coppercoloured river Tana, flanked by trees and the chirruping of birds, and having curiosities like the hanging nests of the weaver birds
, pointed out to us was a blissful introduction to Kenya.
Young naturalists will pore over the cutaway and schematic views in this survey of the amazing range of structures that animals create as homes--from some termites' "skyscrapers of spit and sand" to the elaborate nests of weaver birds
Smaller people than I are invited to crawl inside and pretend to be weaver birds