1015. Ploceus manyar peguensis

(1015) Ploceus manyar peguensis Stuart Baker.
THE BURMESE STRIATED WEAVER-BIRD.
Ploceus manyar peguensis, Fauna B, I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 75.
This Weaver is found in the Himalayan Terai and adjoining plains from Garhwal to East and South Assam and Eastern Bengal. It is resident over practically the whole of Burma and extends East into Siam, Annam and Yunnan.
Generally speaking the nidification of this bird is similar to that of the other races of the species and to that of the Black-throated Weaver-Bird. This subspecies, however, is the one I have personally known best, and there are one or two points I have noticed which it may be as well to record. In the first place I have noticed that, though in shape the nests of all these birds are identical, the Striated Baya attaches it to its supports more firmly, yet incorĀ¬porates fewer blades or twigs in the walls of the nest. The Black- throated bird when breeding in reeds or grass bends down the heads of several reeds and incorporates at least half-a-dozen or more blades in with the materials of the nest. The Striated Weaver-Bird sometimes uses a single reed, sometimes two and only occasionally three or four ; few leaves are bound into the nest and often it is truly pendent from the reed-stems themselves. So, also, when built from a high bush or small tree the nest is firmly attached to a horizontal branch rather than made to hang suspended by several twigs at the tip. The nest is, of course, round and not pear-shaped, having no neck. The tubular entrance is generally short but, exceptionally, long or very long.
Nests taken by myself measured anything between 7 and 9 inches in external depth (exclusive of the tunnel) and between 5 and 7 inches across the widest parts. The tunnel as a rule was 2 to 4 inches in length, but one I measured was over two feet. A very curious structure found in one colony consisted of two nests built back to back with the one wall forming the back to both and with one roof to the two. One of the nests had a tube about 2 inches long, while the other had the entrance-tube about 12 inches.
The birds work very hard at the nests, which take only four to seven days to complete with the exception of the entrance-tunnel, on which the cock bird works while the hen sits.
Display in all Weavers, that I personally know, is the same in character. The cock bird, with drooping, shivering wings, sidles backwards and forwards on the reeds or clinging to the sides of the nest, uttering all the time a low chirruping cry. Every now and then he stops with a little jerk, spreads his tail and flutters his wings and then relapses into the shiver.
The breeding season is from June to August, though in the wetter parts of Assam nests and eggs may be found in May and, everywhere, a few birds continue breeding into September. In Siam Herbert took a clutch of four eggs at Bangkok as early as the 3rd March and another on the 11th September.
The eggs number three or four. I have once seen a five and have several times found five young in a nest.
One hundred eggs average 20.6 x 14.9 mm. ; maxima 22.8 x 15.9 mm. ; minima 18.4 x 13.7 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1015. Ploceus manyar peguensis
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1015
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
11
Common name: 
Burmese Striated Weaver Bird
M_ID: 
29636
M_SN: 
Ploceus manyar peguensis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14108

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