- Ploceus rubiginosus
14cm (5½ in)
- Black head
- Chestnut back and underparts
- White throat
- Brown iris and bill
- Grey legs
Females and non-breeding males are drab, sparrow-like birds.
There are 2 subspecies:
- P. r. trothae:
- P. r. rubiginosus:
Thornveld and dry broadleaved woodland.
The diet consists mostly of grass seeds, butterflies, wasps, locusts, bees, ants, flowers and nectar.
Mongamous and a colonial breeder. Its large, coarsely woven nest is made of grass and leaf strips, has a downward facing entrance and is suspended from a branch. The clutch consists of 1-6 white eggs.
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- Birds of Eden
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Chestnut Weaver. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 24 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Chestnut_Weaver