Baya Weaver, as its name suggests is a weave bird found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and is well known for their architectural skills of weaving their nets beautifully.
These birds begin building their nests from palm thorny trees with the onset of the monsoon season and come to an end by summers which is the period of mating for these birds.
Recently, about two dozen of gourd shape hanging nest have been spotted on a single tree in Kathmandu, Nepal, adding to the scenic beauty of the capital.
“These birds with their chirpings have made Kathmandu, which went silent owing to the coronavirus lockdown, a magnificent place for nature lovers. We wake up in the morning and come here to see them, they are busy in their work and sometimes we feel like they are playing swing on their nests, it makes feel more pleasant,” Jagannath Khadka, who wakes to the chipring of birds in front of his house, told ANI.
“They keep on fling from here to there in a row, their activities calms our mind and make the environment more pleasant as we listen to their chirping every morning,” said Khadka.
The nests are partially built before the males begin to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling while hanging from their nests. The females inspect the nest and signal their acceptance of a male. Once a male and a female are paired, female partners join in giving the finishing touches to the nest, particularly on the interiors. Females may modify the interiors or add blobs of mud.
Weaver birds look like sparrows at a glance with a dull yellow color and black markings but the male grow brighter in color with the yellow and the black markings with the approaching breeding season.
The chirping of weaver birds for attracting the opposite sex engulfs the solitude olf Kathmandu Valley. Hundreds of tourists visit the place to see weaver birds and the exotic capital. However, the urbanization and unplanned construction of high building is stated to be a threat to the habitat of birds and can lead to their extinction.