Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne), Buffelsdoorn Estate, Klerksdorp, South Africa
A male Long-tailed Widowbird in breeding plumage, perched on a branch. The feathers are almost entirely black with orange and white shoulders, or epaulets. The bird's exceptionally long tail, which can measure up to 50 cm, is only present during the breeding season. Birds of the Weaver family, such as the Long-tailed Widowbird, are noted for their elaborate nest-building techniques using grass stems and other plant fibres. Collected by Mr W.H. Oliver in 1907
© RIC, photographer Mike Searle
Nests of Sociable Weavers or Social Weavers -Philetairus socius- in a tree, Naukluft Mountains, Hardap Region, Namibia
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Sociable weaver (Philetairus socius)
Sociable weaver (Philetairus socius), community nests. The constructions are probably the most impressive of any built by birds, housing up to 100 birds. There is a central chambers for roosting at night; the outer chambers provide shade and are considerably cooler than outside. Sometimes sharp sticks are placed to stop predators entering. Gemsbok National Park, Botswana