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Natural crafter weaver bird becoming extinct
Md Shah Alam Tuku
Published :Thursday, 19 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16
BAGHERHAT, May 18: Whenever it is thought about birds, especially common small ones living in their self-crafted nests, the name of weaver bird always comes to the mind.
Now-a-days, the beautifully crafted nests of weaver birds oscillating from branches of tall trees are hardly found. The situation raises question whether the weaver birds are becoming extinct.
Once, the weaver birds with their artistic nests were easily seen in rural areas. The villagers could frequently watch those tiny birds flying around their nests hanging from the branches of tall trees like coconut or palm trees.
The observers become astonished to see the skilfully crafted nests of weaver birds, which are thought provoking for the architects since they are yet to understand this natural skill of building nests.
In general, birds are not only an ornamental species of environment, but their necessity in maintaining the balance of nature and environment is a recognised factor.
In Bangladesh, there are various birds with different kinds, sizes, colours, and habitual aspects. Out of those, the weaver birds are really very different. They look like female sparrow with the pink colour on their feathers. During spring, the male variety of weaver bird is found a bit well furnished. Anybody may presume that they have bathed in yellow colour.
The scientific name of weaver bird is Ploceus Philippinus. Like sparrow, weaver birds are fond of eating small corn seeds and sometimes tiny insects.
Two special aspects of weaver birds make them quite different from sparrows. One is: weaver birds are industrious, and the second one is their habit of enjoying independence. They never like to live in other's place as the sparrows do.
Weaver birds make their own home with artistic work marked by their original technicalities.
Sometimes farmers become disgusted over the weaver birds for their presence in groups in the paddy fields during harvesting. The cultivators take precautionary measures to protect the ripe paddy plants from the weaver birds.
Despite all the peculiarities, weaver birds are loved by all strata of human society. All are familiar with this clever, industrious and intelligent bird from childhood.
Due to continuous changes occurring everywhere in the mother world, many things have disappeared in the course of time. In this way, weaver birds are also becoming extinct.
Experts apprehend that if natural balance gets jeopardised, many species including the weaver bird may become a part of history.

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