- Ploceus intermedius
Length 13-14 cm.
Adult male: A pale-eyed masked weaver; the black mask extends onto the front half of the crown, and has a notch above the eye. Male has a black bill.
Adult female has a pale pinkish-grey bill.
All adults have the greyish legs, but very young juveniles can have pink legs. Juveniles in addition have dark eyes
Africa: North-eastern South Africa to Congo, DRC and Ethiopia, with an isolated popualtion in Central African Republic.
The Lesser Masked Weaver has four subspecies:1
Open woodland close to water.
Forages in tree canopy for insects and nectar. Also eats flowers, fruit and small seeds.
Colonial breeder. It makes a round nest from grass, with an entrance at the bottom. Two to four eggs are incubated for 13 days by the female. Parasitised by Dideric Cuckoo and (rarely) Klaas's Cuckoo.
- Clements JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2008. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
- Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533
- Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299
- Birdforum thread discussing id of this species versus Vitelline Weaver
- Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1
 External Links