© Suresh Krishna
A closer view of the Sociable Weaver's nest
The sociable weaver’s nest sees plenty of guests. I understand the South African pygmy falcon relies completely on the sociable weavers’ nest for its own home, often nesting side by side with the sociable weavers. The pied barbet, familiar chat, red-headed finch and other small birds too find comfort in the cozy nesting chambers. The logic seems to be: more the number of birds more the protection against predators. Sociable weavers do not migrate; in fact, chicks may never leave the nest. Fledgling chicks might just move to an empty nesting chamber nearby.