Baya Weaver returns to Palakkad Paddyfileds – Hindu Daily
A news to cheer up for the birders in Kerala, Hindu – a national daily – reports that after decades, Palakkad is once again turning into a favorute destination for Baya Weavers. Since 1970s, there was a huge drop in the numbers due to the decline in Paddyfield cultivation. This birds habitat is largely depends on the paddyfiled cultivation and south-west monsoon. Larger numbers are spotted from palakkad this year, according to the report. The new developments in agri farming might have brought back them in this year.
Last year I’ve seen large flock of Baya weaver nests from Alappuzha, another major paddyfield area in South Kerala.
Salim Ali, in his famous work Book of Indian Birds, wrote: “The nesting season of this bird is from May to September coincident with the south-west monsoon and paddy cultivation. Nest is swinging retort-shaped structure with long vertical entrance tube, completely woven out of strips of paddy leaves and ruff-edged grasses suspended in clusters. Blobs of mud are stocked inside the dome near the egg chamber.”
The birds are found mainly in the paddy-cultivating areas of Kerala and elsewhere in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Philippines and other countries.
Their seasonal movements are largely determined by paddy and cereal cultivation which provides nesting materials and food. They also eat insects.