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Chestnut Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo by Solomon
Sesah, Eritrea, August 2006
Ploceus rubiginosus

Identification

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.

Distribution

Africa
Western Africa: found only in Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
Southern Africa: Namibia and Botswana

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Non-breeding
Photo by jdbirdman
Waterberg, Namibia, November 2004

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. r. trothae:
  • P. r. rubiginosus:

Habitat

Thornveld and dry broadleaved woodland.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet consists mostly of grass seeds, butterflies, wasps, locusts, bees, ants, flowers and nectar.

Breeding

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.

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. Birds of Eden
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)

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