A Baya weaver is a small-sized bird. It weaves beautiful nests. These nests hang from the fronds of trees which have thorny in nature to ward off the predators like snakes which are a threat to their eggs. The entry of the nest is near bottom. You can see many nests on a single tree.
These birds live in large flocks. They make a number of nests made on a single tree. Secondly they prefer, in addition to the type of tree being acacia or palm, the location where food is easily available and also pools of water are there. They prefer to be near fields of Bajra ( pearl millet), jowar (sorghum) and teosinte which grow seeds at thr top. One can see, these birds making visits to these fields and back to the nest and listen to their chirping standing near the fields
Scientific name of Baya weaver is Ploceus Phillippinus. It is found commonly in South East Asia. Flocks are found in the cultivated areas, grasslands where food is available in plenty and and raw material for construction of nests and specific trees are standing.
Like the humans, female of the pair dominates. There are intersting sequences while making the nests. It the male who make many template nests. Female then inspects the nests. Female destroys the templates which it does not like. If she approves one, both of them complete the rest of construction together. One can see birds in frenzy during the nest making activity is going on.
In North Indian states like Punjab and Haryana, favorable conditions exist. As a result one can see many nest. With the building activity the habitats of these birds are being destroyed and one has to go deep inside the rural areas to locate these nests.
I live in the area near Panchkula in Haryana where all around were grasslands and cultivated lands. But now these are being gobbled by buildings. Still there are some spaces where I found these birds and their nests. I used canon camera to take some pictures.