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12 / 02 / 2019
New colony of exotic birds arrive at Wild Place Project

A new colony of brightly coloured birds has arrived at Wild Place Project in time for the half-term break.
 
A total of 68 black-faced village weavers have joined scores of other animals on show at the popular Bristol wildlife park.
 
These fascinating birds have yellow plumage which gets more vivid during the spring and summer but the main thing which sets them apart is their nest building.
 
They literally weave fresh grass together creating completely enclosed nests with narrow entrances, which hang from the end of tree branches.
 
Nigel Simpson, operations manager at Wild Place Project, Bristol Zoo’s sister attraction, said: “Weavers are really interesting birds and our visitors will be able to see them collecting grass and watch them weaving their nests.”
 
The nests in which the weaver birds usually lay a clutch of four eggs are built by the males and take about a week to complete providing they can find enough material.
 
Nigel said: “The males have to work really hard to build them but they look really impressive when they are finished.
 
”They will build the nest that is then inspected by a female. If accepted, the nest is completed and she will lay a clutch of eggs.”
 
He said the weaver birds, which have come to Wild Place Project from the Beekse Bergen wildlife park in Holland, were settling in well.
 
Nigel said he hoped they would breed successfully and that Wild Place Project would then be able to send the offspring to other Zoos and wildlife parks.
 
“They are bright, inquisitive and active birds that are sure to amaze visitors with their intricate nestbuilding and weaving.”
 
The weaver birds can be found in the Walled Garden at Wild Place Project, which is just off junction 17 of the M5.

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