The village weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) is also known as the spotted-backed weaver or black-headed weaver.
Originally from Sub-Saharan Africa the Village Weaver has been introduced to Mauritius and Reunion Island.
Male builds woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree. The Village weaver forms large noisy colonies with up to 100 nests in a single tree. These colonies are frequently seen near human habitation.
Male is very active in breeding season. When nest is built, the male carries out a courtship display to attract female. It hangs beneath his nest, and with fluttering wings, while it is calling to attract a mate. After inspecting a number of nests, the female breeds with the owner of the nest that meets her approval. After the first nest is built and first female incubates, male builds another nest and tries to attract another female.
Female lays 2 to 3 eggs, incubates the eggs and rears the young alone. The eggs hatch after about 14 days. The nestlings will stay within the nest for 17-21 days before leaving.
Village Weaver forages on the ground, it feeds principally on seeds and insects. It feeds on rice and fruit when available.
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