Why does the biggest communal nest of any bird occur only in one southern African semi-desert? part 2

In taking Hodotermes as a staple, the sociable weaver itself belongs to a foraging guild (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild_(ecology)) that contains a remarkable assortment of sympatric species:

Availability of termites allows a sedentary life, because these insects are reliable even in drought. However, they have limited food-value, demanding metabolic and reproductive economy in their consumers.

Although the sociable weaver differs from the aardwolf in not specialising on termites, it resembles this hyenid in that Hodotermes tides both species over the lean season of winter, when both water and energy are in short supply.

Posted on April 09, 2022 06:59 PM by milewski milewski


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