Weaver Bird
August 6, 2014
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
[photo by David Cloud]
The weaver bird (genus Ploceus) is a type of thrush that weaves an elaborate nest. There are dozens of varieties of weavers, but here we will focus on the Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus), native to Africa.

The male, a beautiful bird with bright yellow feathers and a black head and beak, builds about 25 nests each season (September to January) from reeds, grass, and twigs. He is capable of tying complex knots such as the half-hitch, overhand, and slipknot. The globe-shaped nest has an entrance hole near the bottom.

He builds the nest with an eye on attracting a finicky female of the species. If she doesn’t like the nest, he will tear it down and build a new one. When a female finally approves his nest, she lines it with soft grass and feathers in preparation for laying the eggs. Some weavers are monogamous, but the Southern Masked Weaver seeks to attract a harem of females.

The eggs are of various colors and markings. This assists the weavers against invasion by cuckoos, which lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. Eggs of the wrong color are ejected by the nest owners.

- Receive these reports by email
- www.wayoflife.org


Sharing Policy: Much of our material is available for free, such as the hundreds of articles at the Way of Life web site. Other items we sell to help fund our expensive literature and foreign church planting ministries. Way of Life's content falls into two categories: sharable and non-sharable. Things that we encourage you to share include the audio sermons, O Timothy magazine, FBIS articles, and the free eVideos and free eBooks. You are welcome to make copies of these at your own expense and share them with friends and family. You may also post parts of reports and/or entire reports to websites, blogs, etc as long as you give proper credit (citation). A link to the original report is very much appreciated as the reports are frequently updated and/or expanded. Things we do not want copied and distributed are "Store" items like the Fundamental Baptist Digital Library, print editions of our books, electronic editions of the books that we sell, the videos that we sell, etc. The items have taken years to produce at enormous expense in time and money, and we use the income from sales to help fund the ministry. We trust that your Christian honesty will preserve the integrity of this policy. "For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward" (1 Timothy 5:18). Questions? support@wayoflife.org

Goal:Distributed by Way of Life Literature Inc., the Fundamental Baptist Information Service is an e-mail posting for Bible-believing Christians. Established in 1974, Way of Life Literature is a fundamental Baptist preaching and publishing ministry based in Bethel Baptist Church, London, Ontario, of which Wilbert Unger is the founding Pastor. Brother Cloud lives in South Asia where he has been a church planting missionary since 1979. Our primary goal with the FBIS is to provide material to assist preachers in the edification and protection of the churches.

Offering: Offerings are welcome if you care to make one. If you have been helped and/or blessed by our material offerings can be mailed or made online with with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal. For information see: www.wayoflife.org/about/makeanoffering.html.

Bible College
Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials
Way of Life Literature
Publisher of Bible Study Materials
Way of Life Bible College