“Twit-twit! Twit-twit!” they began to chirp. “Listen to us, you Monkeys. We birds build warm, cosy nests with no help but our beaks. Why can’t you do as much, with your nimble hands and feet, instead of sitting in the drenching rain?”
On hearing this the Monkeys were quite angry.
“O-ho!” they said. “The birds in their snug nests are making fun of us, but just wait until the rain is over!” Accordingly, as soon as the weather had cleared the Monkeys climbed the Silk-cotton-tree and broke all the Weaver Birds’ eggs and destroyed their nests.