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Male.
Photo © by peterday
St Lucia, South Africa, January 2019

Alternative name: Yellow Weaver; Eastern Golden Weaver

Ploceus subaureus

Identification

Golden yellow bird, male red eye and horn coloured beak, female brown eye and pink beak.

Distribution

Africa
Eastern Africa: Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

Taxonomy

Female.
Photo © by John Dempsey
Mkuze Game Reserve, South Africa, August 2003

Subspecies

There are two subspecies:1,2

  • P. s. subaureus
  • P. s. aureoflavus

Habitat

Reed beds, coastal forest and suburbia, near rivers or dams.

Behaviour

Photo © by megan perkins
Gonubie, South Africa, January 2005

Diet

Forages for insects, seeds, flowers and nectar on the ground and in vegetation. Hawks for termite aletes.

Breeding

The male builds the tear-drop shaped nest which hangs from a tree. Two to four eggs are incubated by the female. Parasitised by Dideric Cuckoo.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  4. Avibase

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