A Sociable Weaver is a Species of Weaver Birds family in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. These are the only rare bird species which build large, Compound and Community nests. These rarest bird species are found in Northern Cape Province in South Africa.
Incredible Stuff, an entertainment and educational purpose-based social media handle posted an update on their social media on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, shared about the unique features of Social Weavers birds, the rarest birds community species found in South Africa, Namibia, which forms the sizeable giant compound nests, among other birds in the world.
The Incredible Stuff shared that the Sociable weaver’s giant nest in Namibia is probably the most spectacular structure built by any bird.
The Sociable weaver (Philetairus socius) is a species of bird in the weaver family found across South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. These species construct large compound community nests that resemble huts, complete with a sloping thatched-grass roof that sheds rain.
These large giant nests are the world’s largest and most populated tree houses, with some weighing up to a ton or more and measuring up to 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall.
Built around large and sturdy structures like acacia trees or sometimes even telephone poles, the nests provide shelter from direct sunshine, rain, drought, and cold. They are large enough to house over a hundred pairs of birds, consisting of several generations at a time.
Each breeding pairs of Social weaver Birds tends to its compartment with its private entrance and line the interior with soft downy plant material. These entrances are packed closely together, and when seen from below, the communal nest has a honeycomb appearance. These birds are constantly making home improvements and adding new nesting chambers; some nests have remained occupied for over a century.