Watch Baya Weaver Birds @ Bung Talua

Baya Weaver birds make some of the most extraordinary nests of any bird species with long pendulous nesting tubes individually weaved by the birds which is what gives them their name. The used nests are often seen for sale in local antique and bric-a-brac shops and larger garden stores. 

They nest in large colonies in tall trees. These colonies are usually in the countryside especially near a water source and very rarely occur in cities. However if the countryside seems too far away you could just go to Bung Talua or the Army Lake as many Farang know it and visit a colony of these charming little birds.

The Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves. 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. 

They are widespread and common within their range but are prone to local, seasonal movements mainly in response to rain and food availability. They are threatened by human persecution and habitat loss.

They are sparrow-sized (15 cm) 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. Non-breeding males and females look alike, dark brown streaked buff above, plain (unstreaked) whitish below, eyebrow long and buff coloured, bill is horn coloured and no mask. Breeding males have a bright yellow crown, dark brown mask, blackish brown bill, dark brown upper parts streaked with yellow, with a yellow breast and cream buff below.

To find the colony enter Bung Talua Park through the main entrance just past the large crossroads just up from the military hospital. Then take the footpath/running path/cycle track on the right to go around the lake in an anti-clockwise direction. When the path stars to turn in on itself to the left to follow the contours of the lake just after you pass the bridge to the island there is a large building and a small car park down a small road on your right. Near this building you will see some tall trees. If you look carefully you will see the pendulous nests in them, just walk towards the trees and observe the weavers going about their daily business.

You will get far better views of the birds if you take binoculars but even without you can easily observe the nests and the birds flying amongst the colony. FF


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