A Village Weaver (also known as Spotted-backed Weaver) was brought into FreeMe Wildlife after it had an unfortunate encounter with a domestic dog. On admission, we noticed a small metal ring on its leg. There were no ring records of that number on our FreeMe Wildlife database. So we contacted SAFRING and reported through the ring number. We got a speed reply and this is what we found out...
This Village Weaver was initially ringed by Mrs. K. Nelson as an Immature in 2011 on High Birnam Farm in Merrivale. The weaver was rung 10 years ago and was picked up within the same vicinity. These little bird species are very resilient, and this bird had lived a long and fruitful life in the wild. If you would be interested in the details of this bird's story, then please visit http://safring.birdmap.africa/ring_info.php?ring=CA00442 for more information.
This information, as well as the reports of rings that have been returned, are invaluable to understanding the different bird species around us. To report a bird that has a ring number please go to: http://safring.birdmap.africa/upload_retrap.php
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