Baya Weaver Count

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(16 June to 21 July 2019)

Organized by BNHS

Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus is the most familiar and common bird in our country. These are known and famous for their nest-weaving skills. This species builds overhanging nests in colonies, usually above water or inside a well. Its food includes grains, seeds, and small insects. Their breeding season ranges between April to August.

All Indian Weaver species are protected and listed under Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Objectives of Baya weaver count

  • To gather information on a year-to-year and longer-term regarding changes in population levels for a wide range of Baya Weaver across different habitats in India.
  • To understand whether the population trends.
  • To promote bird conservation through the involvement of a large number of volunteers in survey work.
  • To collect the data, ideally every year during their breeding season, so that in the long run information regarding the changes in the population of the Baya Weaver can be gathered.

Count the Baya Weavers

To know their current status, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) announces a pan-India Baya Weaver Count from 16th June to 21st July 2019. BNHS invites all the Indian Bird- watchers, Ornithologists, NGOs, Forest Officials and nature lovers to record and report the sightings of Baya Weaver in their areas.

BNHS, under the Common Bird Monitoring Programme (CBMP), a citizen science initiative, has organized this bird count to involve common people in bird monitoring and gathering data about Baya Weaver. The participants can select any location of their choice and record the bird’s sighting. The collected data can be reported to us in a simple format, the data has to be recorded in an Excel spreadsheet which is available on

How to participate:

  • Select a site and go for bird watching
  • Record the sightings of Baya Weavers in your chosen location
  • Send your records to us on
  • (If possible then send us photographs of your field visit)

For further details please contact:

Bombay Natural History Society,

Hornbill House, Dr. Salim Ali Chowk,

Opp. Lion Gate, Saheed Bhagat Singh Road,


Landline:- 022-22821811

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