Hindi name: Son Chiri
Baya weaver is a small sparrow sized bird. It is known for its skill of weaving its nest and hence called weaver. It is a highly social bird and is found in flocks. Baya weaver often builds its nest in colonies.
How does the bird appear…
It has a small conical bill. Male and female look alike during non-breeding season. They show dark brown streaked yellowish red buff above and plain whitish fulvous below. Eyebrow is long and buff. During breeding season males have a bright yellow crown and dark brown mask. Upper parts are dark brown with yellow streaks, yellow breast and cream buff below. Bill is blackish brown.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
They are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growths usually near fresh or brackish water.
It feeds on seeds.
Breeding & Nesting
Baya weaver is a polygamous bird. It breeds during monsoon. Nest is built by male. Female incubates the eggs. Eggs hatch in 14-17 days. Chicks fledge in 17 days.
Baya weaver is known to use clay during nest building which stabilizes the nest during strong winds.