Is Baya weaver a sparrow?

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asked Jun 28, 2022 in Birds by Oldsquishyd (960 points)
Is Baya weaver a sparrow?

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answered Jun 29, 2022 by 7maxwarren (8,910 points)
The Baya Weaver bird is a sparrow sized bird but not actually a sparrow.

The bird that is known as best engineer is the Baya Weaver Bird.

The baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

The baya weaver is a weaverbird found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Flocks of these birds are found in grasslands, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growth and they are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves.

Baya weavers are best known for the elaborately woven nests constructed by the males.

These pendulous nests are retort-shaped, with a central nesting chamber and a long vertical tube that leads to a side entrance to the chamber.

For food the Baya Weaver bird depends on wild grasses such as Guinea Grass (Panicum maximum) as well as crops like paddy for both their food and nesting material.

They also feed on insects.

Their seasonal movements are governed by food availability.

The Baya Weaver is found throughout Southeast Asia, but it is uncommon in China.

Nabang, a bustling avian haven in southwestern Yunnan, is not only one of the few places in China where you can see the Baya Weaver regularly, it is also home to the Wire-tailed Swallow, Streaked Weaver, and nine species of kingfishers.

Ploceidae is a family of small passerine birds, many of which are called weavers, weaverbirds, weaver finches and bishops.

These names come from the nests of intricately woven vegetation created by birds in this family.

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