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Ecology and Behaviour of the Spotted-backed Weaverbird in the Kruger National Park

Nicholas E. Collias, Elsie C. Collias
Koedoe | Vol 14, No 1 | a711 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v14i1.711 | © 1971 Nicholas E. Collias, Elsie C. Collias | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 May 1971 | Published: 21 May 1971

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Nicholas E. Collias,, South Africa
Elsie C. Collias,

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Spotted-backed Weaverbirds were studied during September-December, 1969 in the Transvaal, chiefly in the Kruger National Park, and observations were made on their distribution, ecology and behaviour. Territorial behaviour, nest-building, pair formation displays, vocalizations and food habits are described as well as the division of labour between male and female in care of the young. Attacks by snakes and hawks are described as well as responses of the birds to their enemies. Behavioural relations to another species of weaver were also observed.


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