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

Alternative name: Yellow Weaver; Eastern Golden Weaver

Ploceus subaureus


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


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


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


There are two subspecies:1,2

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


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


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


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


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.


  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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