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Black-breasted Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Breeding male
Photo © by Sumit
Kolkata, India, June 2008

Alternative names: Bengal Weaver or Black-throated Weaver.

Ploceus benghalensis


Non-breeding male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Jan-2017

15cm (6 in)

  • Brown crown and upper plumage
  • Black pectoral band (not so full as in the breeding male)
  • Prominent supercilium
  • Ear spot
  • Light yellow moustachial streaks

Breeding Male

  • Brilliant golden-yellow crown
  • White throat
  • Black band separates throat from fulvous-white underparts.


Lowlands of Pakistan to peninsula India, Nepal and Bangladesh


This is a monotypic species[1].


Northern river plains, reeds, shallow lakes, or extensive tall grass areas.



Female : in breeding time
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, July-2016

The males build an enclosed nest from reeds and mud in reed beds. Females are encouraged by a ritual dance. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs.


Their diet consists mostly of seeds, particularly grass seed.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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