Ploceus philippinus: Baya Weaver

The Baya Weaver [Ploceus philippinus] is a weaverbird found across South and Southeast Asia. Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their elaborately woven nests. These nest colonies are usually found on thorny trees or palm fronds and the nests are often built near water or hanging over water where predators cannot reach easily.

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These are sparrow-sized, 15 cm/6 inches and in their non-breeding plumage, both males and females resemble female house sparrows. They have a stout conical bill and a short square tail.

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Among the population variations, three subspecies are recognized: subspecies philippinus is found through much of mainland India, subspecies burmanicus is found eastwards into Southeast Asia, subspecies travancoreensis is the population in southwest India.

Photo: JBP, Singapore 20120529

Source: Wikipedia

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