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Nominate subspecies : Male in full breeding Plumage
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July 2015
Ploceus philippinus

Identification

Subspecies P. p. infortunatus : Male
Photo by suleesia
Penang, Malaysia, July 2005

15 cm (6 in)

  • Short square tail

Breeding males

  • Bright yellow crown
  • Dark brown mask
  • Blackish brown bill
  • Upper parts dark brown streaked with yellow
  • Yellow breast
  • Creamy-buff underparts

Non breeding

  • Upperparts dark brown streaked fulvous buff
  • Plain whitish-fulvous underparts
  • Long buffy eyebrows
  • Lacks mask
  • Stout horn-coloured conical bill

Distribution

Asia: China, Tibet, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar], Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java and Bali

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Nominate subspecies : Female
Photo by Shantilal Varu
Hingolgadh Sanctuary,Gujarat,India, June 2016

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. p. philippinus:
  • P. p. travencoreensis:
  • South-western India (Goa to Travancore and Kerala)
  • P. p. burmanicus:
  • P. p. infortunatus:
  • P. p. angelorum:

Habitat

Mangroves, reeds, grassland, cultivated areas, scrub and secondary growths usually near fresh or brackish water.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet consists mostly of grass seeds and cultivated rice.

Breeding

Colonial nesters with up to 20-30 pairs, usually in trees near freshwater and open ground. The male builds a basic nest from woven grass which hangs from a palm frond or branch and resembling an upside down flask, which they then display to visiting females. If a female likes the look of the nest and its male she will mate with him before lining the nest herself and laying and incubating the 3-4 white eggs.

Gallery

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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