Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Limpopo, South Africa

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Buffalo Weaver 1Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Hoedspruit, South Africa

Breeds in colonies  made up of different separate “lodges”, each with a number of nesting chambers within them. The males may be polygamous, each controlling 1-8 nest chambers and up to about 3 females; usually there is one dominant male in a colony who has the most females and egg chambers, while other males may have one female and a few chambers. The males vigorously defend their lodges against other males, using aggressive displays and calls, and females within harem do not tolerate each others presence in their egg chambers. Colonies may use a different system altogether, with two males cooperating with each other to build the nest, both defending the territory and helping to feed the chicks. (


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