The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Sociable Weaver

Afrikaans name: Versamelvoël - Philetairus socius

Sociable Weaver in flight

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The Sociable Weaver is found in the drier regions of South Africa. They are also found in Botswana and Namibia.

The enormous nests of the Sociable Weaver are their claim to fame. These nests are actually made by colonies of birds and are re-used. They are found in trees as well as man-made structures.

Unlike many of the Weavers this one eats insects more than seeds and other plant material. The diet of insects helps give them a supply of water in the arid environment that they call home.

Sociable Weaver nest

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The nests of the Sociable Weaver are often visited by snakes, particularly Cape Cobras. The snakes eat both eggs and chicks. Despite the high level of predation by snakes it is believed that the population of the Sociable Weaver is increasing as pylons have provided new nest sites for them.

References and further reading

Wild Issue 42 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 56

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 178

World Birds - Author: Brian P. Martin - Published: 1987 - Page: 140

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 151

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 543

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 555

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 709

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 707

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 382

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 416

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 106

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 198

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 199

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 333

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 89

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 421

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 26

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 406

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 406

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 77

Country Life - Issue 187 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 56

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 109

Guide to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park - Author: Gus Mills and Clem Haagner - Published: 1996 - Page: 64

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 302

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 118

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 294

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 23

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 23

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 251

BirdLife South Africa


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