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Weaving for Love!

In the swampy lowlands of Kenya and Tanzania, a female taveta golden weaver intently watches a male weaver intertwine fine grasses and reeds with its claws and beak. The finished product is an intricate oval nest. If she is impressed with his abilities, she will choose him over other males to mate with. These weavers are colonial nesters. By building nests near each other, these birds are better equipped to alert each other when predators are in the area.

The female will line the nest with soft materials before laying two to three olive-green eggs. Although weavers are primarily seed eaters, it will feed its young insects until they fledge.

This species is common within its range and globally secure. If you can not make it to Africa, these birds can be seen in some zoos that have aviaries.

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