Baya Weaver

A grassland bird best known for their hanging funnel shaped nests

These are sparrow-sized (15 cm) and in their non-breeding plumage, both males and females resemble female house sparrows. The breeding season of the Baya weavers is during the monsoons. Breeding males have a bright yellow crown. They nest in colonies typically of up to 20-30, close to the source of food, nesting material and water. Baya weavers are best known for the elaborately woven nests constructed by the males. A male bird is known to make up to 500 trips to complete a nest. The birds use their strong beaks to strip and collect the strands, and to weave and knot them while building their nests.

How to Explore

Best seen during monsoon in grassland areas of country side where they nest near water, well. Trees they particularly nest on is Palm tree, Babul, etc. Also seen near agricultural fields as they feed on grains.

Recommended Time & Duration

They are resident birds, seen all 12 months. Best time to see them is Monsoon.

Rules to Follow

If you spot the nest, keep safe distance. Do not try to approach the nest, as they are known to abandon it if disturbed. Do not remove or touch the nest if adult birds are not around as there might be eggs or young ones inside.


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