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The Sociable Weaver nests and broods in groups. Together they build a resilient structure and system to ensure the growth and longevity of their whole community. At Great Lakes Biomimicry, we operate with the same principle.

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As their name suggests, Sociable Weavers are highly social birds. Found in Southwest Africa, they build remarkable community nests, a rarity among birds. These massive compound nests, filled with many individual chambers, are known as one of the most spectacular structures built by any bird.

Sociable Weavers live by the saying “It takes a village to raise a child” and share the responsibility for other baby birds along with their own. The birds also cooperate to ensure security and maintenance of the nest. Their quest towards the common good pays off. One community nest can house over 100 pairs and continue for several generations -- even over 100 years.