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Black-breasted Weaver

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

Alternative names: Bengal Weaver or Black-throated Weaver.

Ploceus benghalensis


[edit] Identification

Non-breeding malePhoto © by Alok TewariDist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Jan-2017
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.

[edit] Distribution

Lowlands of Pakistan to peninsula India, Nepal and Bangladesh

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Female : in breeding timePhoto © by Alok TewariDist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, July-2016
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.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of seeds, particularly grass seed.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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