(Picture by Brian Choo)
    A common cityfinch species in woodlands and open forest throughout Southern Africa, the pincerbeak (Civilispiza ceratias) lives in colonies of 20-60 birds. The colonial structure is built in the branches of a tree or shrub and consists of a series of interconnected open cup/bowl shaped mud structures covered in "roofs" of thatching.

    The sharp extensions on the warbirds' beak are formidable weapons. However, they are also used as "tongs" when moving eggs.

(Text by Brian Choo)
(Picture by Brian Choo)
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