As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Bird's nest that can bring down a tree!



IANS | London 
August 24, 2014 Last Updated at 16:28 IST

Can a bird's nest bring down a huge tree? For Africa's incredible social weaver birds, pulling down a tree is a child's game.
About the size of sparrows, these birds come together in colonies of as many as 500 to build enormous nests that weigh over 900 kg, are 20-feet-long, 13-feet-wide and seven-feet-thick.

"The structures are so big they can collapse the trees they are built on and so well-constructed they can last for a century," Gavin Leighton, a biologist at University of Miami, said.

This is how they weave monstrous nests.

Social weaver birds line the insides of the chambers with grass and feathers and, occasionally, cotton balls taken from fields.

One chamber provides three or four birds a warm place to rest as winter settles in.

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