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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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He tells his competitors, for example, that until the weaverbird gains easy access to the liquid inside the coconut pod could any one of them attempt to outshine his genius and that he is the alujonnu elere (musical gnome), having surpassed them all.
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The attitude or image remains static even where there is movement, for movement--when it occurs--is only circular: the eternal supplication; standing before Idoto; waiting at heavensgate or for the mortar to get dry; the still fennel on an empty sarcophagus,6 even the brief gesture towards a breakthrough in the sudden talkativeness of the weaverbird poet in "Siren Limits," and the optimism of the low growth in the forest, are soon halted by the image of creaticide in Guernica:7 the bleeding tongue of the Sunbird by the end of the sequel, "Fragments out of the Deluge".
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Bat habitats include caves, trees, mines, abandoned weaverbird nests, abandoned termite mounds, or attics and roofs of homes.
Twenty to thirty weaverbird nests were haning in the acacia trees, which have beautiful yellow-green bark.
Many birds, such as the weaverbird in the photo above, use leaves to make their nests.