Alternative name: Forest Weaver
- Ploceus bicolor
Length 13-16 cm, mass 28-57 g
Adult: Dark brown upper parts and golden-yellow under parts. The back is grey in some races. The eyes are dark brown and the legs brown.
Immature: Similar to the adult, but duller, with a grey chin and throat.
Ploceus bicolor has eight subspecies:1:
- P. b. tephronotus:
- P. b. amaurocephalus:
- Northern Angola
- P. b. mentalis:
- P. b. kigomaensis:
- P. b. kersteni:
- Extreme southern Somalia to coastal eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania
- P. b. stictifrons:
- P. b. sylvanus:
- Eastern Zimbabwe and adjacent western Mozambique
- P. b. bicolor:
- Eastern Cape Province to KwaZulu Natal
Two additional subspecies lebomboensis and sclateri are not recognised by most authorities; with a further two, analogus and albigularis being regarded as invalid2.
Forest and closed woodland.
Seen in pairs or family groups. Does not flock with other weavers, but does join multi-species flocks foraging for insects.
Probes leaves and bark for arthropods; also eats fruit, nectar and flowers.
Monogamous and territorial. The nest is woven using vines and creepers, and has a long entrance tube; probably built mainly by the male. Two to four eggs are laid, and incubated for about 16 days. The young are fed by both parents, and remain in the nest for about 22 days. Snakes are known to raid nests.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Dark-backed Weaver. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 22 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Dark-backed_Weaver