You can call me Mono - it's a pleasure to meet you. Here you'll find updates from a Master of Science (Zoology) student at Melbourne University, Australia. This is a mismatch of a place; expect updates from within Uni and from out of it. I post about both zoology and its domestic cousin, animal science, and mix photos and pictures with lengthy discussions.
A male Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus), identified by his very impressive plumage, returns to his nest with new supplies.
Southern masked weavers are common throughout southern Africa, and inhabit a range of environments. Males build up to 25 nests each breeding season (mostly September to January), and have several female partners.
The eggs of masked weavers are always highly variable as a defensive mechanism against parasitic cuckoos. The cuckoo is unable to determine the colour of the eggs before it is inside the nest, and any incorrectly coloured eggs are rejected by the weavers.
Photo Credit: Hugh Mackintosh | 500px