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weaverbird

[wee-ver-burd] /ˈwi vərˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
any of numerous African and Asian finchlike birds of the family Ploceidae, noted for their elaborately woven nests and colonial habits.
Also called weaver finch.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; weaver + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for weaver-finch

weaverbird

/ˈwiːvəˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any small Old World passerine songbird of the chiefly African family Ploceidae, having a short thick bill and a dull plumage and building covered nests: includes the house sparrow and whydahs
2.
Also called weaver finch. any similar bird of the family Estrilidae, of warm regions of the Old World: includes the waxbills, grassfinches, and Java sparrow
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Encyclopedia Article for weaver-finch

any of numerous songbirds belonging to the family Estrildidae (order Passeriformes), individually called grass finch, mannikin, and waxbill (qq.v.). They are finchlike Old World birds. Most of the 107 species are small or tiny seed-eaters with short conical bills. They occur in flocks in open country and woodland borders in warm regions. Some are favourite cage birds.

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