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Any of various chiefly tropical African or Asian songbirds of the family Ploceidae, similar to the finches and characterized by the ability to build complex communal nests of intricately woven vegetation. Also called weaver finch.
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1. (Animals) any small Old World passerine songbird of the chiefly African family Ploceidae, having a short thick bill and a dull plumage and building covered nests: includes the house sparrow and whydahs
2. (Animals) Also called: weaver finch any similar bird of the family Estrilidae, of warm regions of the Old World: includes the waxbills, grassfinches, and Java sparrow
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Noun1.weaverbird - finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nestsweaverbird - finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
baya, Ploceus philippinus - common Indian weaverbird
whidah, whydah, widow bird - mostly black African weaverbird
Java finch, Java sparrow, Padda oryzivora, ricebird - small finch-like Indonesian weaverbird that frequents rice fields
amadavat, avadavat - red Asian weaverbirds often kept as cage birds
grass finch, grassfinch - usually brightly-colored Australian weaverbirds; often kept as cage birds
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The Kipsigis called biracial children chebisaginik or "weaverbirds".
They will be joined by Weaverbirds and Kabuyefwe from Trans Nzoia, Busia champions Kolanya, Mukumu, Sang'alo Institute, Sega and Kamack.
The water ripples as their hefty bodies sink beneath the surface, weaverbirds twist and turn through the air singing their way into the day, and thorn trees rustle against the breeze.
The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 protects only native Indian birds like Munias, Parakeets, Peacocks, Weaverbirds, Koel, Mynahs, and Owls, which despite the ban are available for sale across the country.
I stare at the dark glassy running water; it is not dawn yet and everywhere is quiet except for chattering weaverbirds on the palm trees.
Birds like finches and weaverbirds build beautiful nests.
Collection records include dead leaves of palmetto, cane, fan-flower, and banana; dead leaves of evergreen trees; dried leaves of hula skirts; and nests of weaverbirds (Usinger 1946, 1951; Lattin 2005b; Yamada & Hirowatari 2007b; Jung & Lee 2011b).