Have you ever…. seen a Social Weaver nest?

Travelling in the north west of South Africa, in the beautiful Kalahari desert, you may be surprised to come across what looks like a bale of hay suspended on a power pole! Further investigation will reveal a constant stream of feathered creatures entering and leaving the construction from below.


Large grass structures on convenient power poles!

These are the nests of the Social Weaver Bird. Colonies of many pairs of birds gather together and each pair has its own particular nest within the structure.


Before humans kindly provided all those hundreds of power poles, the birds relied on Quiver Trees to provide a perch on which to set up their safe haven. The only thing they are not safe from at this height above the ground (in a tree) is snakes – but I am not sure if the snakes are still a problem if the colony is on a power pole.

The magnificent Quiver Tree in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa

The magnificent Quiver Tree in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa – this is where the birds build their nests when there are no power poles!

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14 Responses to Have you ever…. seen a Social Weaver nest?

  1. You post such interesting information about creatures in your neck of the woods. I love reading your observations, like these birds and their nests. I hope there are no accidents because of the power lines. ❤


    • Madoqua says:

      I did wonder if any nests caused fires, but did not see any evidence of this, so I guess not. I must confess to being startled when I saw the first one, then I realised what they were!


  2. pommepal says:

    I wonder if they are ever in danger of electrocution


  3. scrapydo says:

    I’ve seen a tree that was all covered with a nest. I wonder if these birds know where there rooms are or if they just use the outside!


  4. restlessjo says:

    How strange! 🙂


  5. The sociable weaver nests are a sign that the Kalahari is near! We always get very excited when we see the first one.


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