Interesting Bird Facts

Sociable Weavers build th largest nests in the world. They live in arid areas and drink only when water is available. Their nests are used by a multitude of other birds; Spotted eagle-owls nest and roost on top, and Pygmy falcons, Rosy-faced lovebirds, Acacia pied barbets and Red-headed finches all make use of the empty nest chambers.

Palm Swifts build their tiny nests of saliva and feathers in the dry palm fronds of makalani palms. They stick the eggs down with a saliva mixture to prevent them from falling out of the nest in heavy wind. (Palm swifts are one of the few birds that don’t turn their eggs during incubation.) The swift clings onto the nest to brood the eggs.

Birding Trivia Warbler

The Marsh Warbler, which migrates between Africa and Europe ia already known to be an outstanding mimic of other bird’s songs. But scientists studying the song of one marsh warbler discovered its repertoire contained phrases copied from over 200 other different birds.
Half the phrases were from birds in Africa and the other half from birds in Europe. So much for copyright laws!!

Interesting Birding Trivia

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Rosy-faced Lovebirds carry building material to their nests in their rump feathers rather than their beaks. They make use of holes in tree’s crevices in rock faces and abandoned birds nests. They are good indicators of water because they need to drink. If you find Ros-faced lovebirds in a riverbed, you know water is within flying distance – up to 5km – away.

Birding Trivia – Owls

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Owls turn their heads in almost 360 degree circle because they cannot move their eyes. Their eyeballs are not round like ours. They are tubular.

The circle of feathers found around an owl’s eyes are there to help the owl hear. The closely-packed feathers in this facial disc help channel high frequency sound waves to the owls ears which are situated behind the discs.

More Birding Trivia

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Hummingbirds build neat woven nests, held together by spider webs.


Some swifts build nests that are made almost entirely from the birds saliva, on the rocky surfaces inside caves. These nests are then harvested by man because they are the main ingredient in the delicacy ‘birds nest soup’.


Honeyguides, found in Africa, have a wonderful working relationship with the Honeybadger. Honeyguides will lead the honeybadger to a bees nest, and once the badger has opened up the nest, the Honeyguides and honeybadger will then share the spoils.