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- Common Names
- Basket Finch
- Small birds which weave hanging basket-like nests from grasses. A colony of such birds will produce enough nests to make a savanna tree appear to have an abundance of hanging fruit.
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- Sexual Dimorphism
- Tropical to Subtropical, Savanna
- Omnivorous, these birds eat a variety of insects, fruits and seeds.
- Social Grouping
- Solitary or mated pairs. They do not form flocks, but do have nesting colonies occupying tall flat canopied trees, where their numbers and position provides a measure of mutual protection from predators.
- A bonded pair of these birds will mate in the early Spring, and the female will lay 2-3 eggs in the pairs, nest. Young hatch in 20-30 days and remain dependant on their parents for food another two months before being capable of flying on their own by Summer.
- None. They are not considered a nuisance in most places, as they reduce the population of crop damaging insects pests.