Updated Monday, April 08 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3
By Philip Mwakio
The first known nesting site of one of the world’s rare birds has been discovered in Dakatcha woodland,
. Kilifi County
According to Nature
, the discovery marks an
important contribution to science. Executive Director Paul Matiku said: “For
many years, ornithologists (bird specialists) have been trying to unveil the
nesting place of this rare bird Clarke Weaver (Ploceus golandi).’’ Kenya
Information indicates that until March 23, the breeding ground of the endangered bird had remained unknown, puzzling conservationists and researchers all over the world.
The Clarke Weaver is a bird found only in
in . Kenya
‘’This will be a boost to tourism as bird lovers will throng the site to see where these birds perch and thrive,’’ he said. The birds had been seen in
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest south of
and in Dakatcha Woodland north of the river. Sabaki River
They are usually in small flocks, feeding on insects and fruits in forests. Their nesting site, however, had never been found.
But a monitoring team from Nature
Dakatcha Woodland Conservation Group, a support group, made the discovery after
spending years searching for the bird’s breeding ground. The team comprised of
leading environmentalists Fleur Ng’weno, Peter Wario, Jonathan Mwachongo and
Patrick Changawa. Kenya
Others included Julius Mwambire, Japhet Garama, Kazungu Thuva, Samuel Kenga and Samson Katisho.
The nesting site is at a seasonal wetland comprising of grasses and sedges surrounded by trees and bushes. “While observing the weavers from the shade of low trees bordering the seasonal wetland, the team noted brownish shapes of nests. One male was seen weaving more sedge strips onto a nest,’’ Nature
The team estimated over 700 Clarke Weavers in the small wetlands.