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15-17cm (6-6Â¾ in)
Young birds browner back, otherwise similar to the female
Escaped populations can be found in many countries world-wide and has been introduced to Haiti.
Ploceus cucullatus has eight subspecies:
They occupy a variety of open habitats, from open woodlands to towns and villages.
They often form large noisy colonies.
The large nest is coarsely woven from grass and leaf strips, suspended from a branch. It has a downward facing entrance. The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs.
A colonial breeder, many nests may be found in a single tree.
Their diet consists mostly of seeds and grain, and can be a crop pest; also insects, particularly when feeding young.
Call: includes harsh buzzes and chattering
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