There are many remarkable birds in the world. We have already discussed some of them. Today we will discuss the "Weaver bird"; who gets its name from the fact that it weaves its nest together most artistically from Palm leaves.
The "Weaver bird" lives in the hot areas of Africa, near the Equator. It has black and yellow feathers, and is a member of the "Cuckoo' family.
Its nest is outstanding in many ways; First of all, the weaving itself is very artistic. It is actually a nest within a nest, with the entrance at the bottom. By this method the "weaver" assures itself of two things. Firstly, its house is protected from the rain. As you probably know, the area where the "Weaver" lives receives a large amount of rain in the rainy season. If the "Weaver's" nest would have its entrance on top, it would be flooded during the heavy rains. Secondly, its nest, with its eggs and baby birds, is protected from birds of prey, especially the falcon that flies high in the air, and with its sharp eyesight, notices the nests of the small birds, swoops down and devours the young birds. The hawk is also a member of this preying family, which eats up the baby birds in their nests.
Besides the birds of prey, the WeaverBird has other enemies. The African tribesmen and their children like to rob the nests of their eggs. To combat this, the Weaver once again proves how smart it is. It picks a tree that is full of ants, and other biting insects, so that the humans keep away from them. In such a tree, our Weaver weaves its nest, in such a fashion that it hangs down from a branch or two branches, with the entrance underneath as mentioned before.
The Weaver's eggs are light blue. It sometimes happens that when the father and mother Weaver are not "at home", a cuckoo visits the nest, and lays her eggs there. We once talked about certain birds who are too lazy to build their own nests, and lay their eggs in other birds' nests. The Weaver, however, does not make a fuss about it. Although it is a "smart" bird, it does not differentiate between the colors of the eggs, and it also is not such a great mathematician as to notice how many of the eggs are its own, and how many are strange eggs. Maybe it does know, but at any rate, it pays no attention to it.
There are, of course, different kinds of Weaver Birds. Some live, as we mentioned, in the Equatorial forests; some live more to the North; some prefer to make their nests near a village; and others, near a lake. But they all have one thing in common-the ingenious ability to weave their nests in the same fashion, a thing which is surely one of the Wonders of Nature.
This knack of the Weaver, is an inborn one. The Almighty created the Weaver with its startling ability to build an artistic nest.
If a person wants to become a builder, weaver, tailor, or any other type of craftsman, he has to study, and develop into one. A person has to learn almost everything. Nothing comes naturally. Many things he has to learn from his early childhood: to walk, to talk, and to use his brains. It is true that the Almighty blessed the person with intellect-something that no other creature possesses; however "smart" it may appear to be by nature. But at the same time, the human intellect is like putty (clay) which has to be formed and developed.
A wild animal is born with its faculties fully developed, which is just a "package of instincts", that leads the creature throughout its life. An animal has to live in this fashion; it has no choice in the matter. Only man has free choice to live as he will. If he uses his brains, he will surely choose the right path. When a Jew sets about building his "nests"-he builds it on the firm foundation of the Torah and Mitzvos.