Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52279

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Ploceidae
Genus:Philetairus
Genus species:Philetairus socius

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:14 cm
Identification:The sociable weaver is dull brown with a black face mask, a bluish bill and back, and its wings are patterned with black spots.
Habitat:Dry thorn country
Diet:Omnivore: insects, seeds
Reproduction:Two to four eggs are produced per clutch.
As their name suggests, sociable weavers form very large flocks, numbering from just a few birds to several hundred.
Behavior:Both sexes help to build their impressive nest.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A single sociable weaver nest can house up to 400 birds at one time, have up to 95 entrances, last over 100 years, weigh more than a ton, and measure 7.4 m long, 4.4 m wide, and 1.5 m high. The birds actually create the nest by thatching, not weaving, twigs, grass, and straw together. The inside is lined with feathers and fur. Nests are waterproof and well-insulated.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Sociable weaver
perching birds
Weaverbirds
Ploceidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52279