White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver nest

The White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali melanorhynchus) nests in colonies, with many other Weaver birds, each with their own nest. It builds a nest all year round, but mainly in the summer months.

Groups of 2-11, or even up to 60 individuals, build a U-shaped nest of dry grass. The nest looks like bits of hay loosely put together. 

White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver nest

The nest is built vertically, not horizontally. Its entrance is on the side.

The White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver is a common bird found in eastern Arica, in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. It prefers dry grasslands and woodlands.

It grows to 17-19 centimetres (7-8 inches) tall. It has a broad, white eyebrow stripe. The male has a black beak and the female has a light grey beak.

White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver nest
White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver nest
White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver nest
White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver nest
White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver

Location of photographs: Tsavo National Park, Kenya

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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