Photo © by Sumit
, June 2008
Alternative names: Bengal Weaver or Black-throated Weaver.
- Ploceus benghalensis
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
- 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.
Northern river plains, reeds, shallow lakes, or extensive tall grass areas.
Female : in breeding time
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
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