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Holub's Golden Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Tully
Location: Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
Ploceus xanthops

Identification

Length 15-17 cm, mass 21-39 g. Males larger than females.

A large 'golden' weaver with pale yellow eyes.

Distribution

Eastern South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern Botswana, northern Namibia, Angola, southern, extreme western and extreme eastern DRC, south-eastern Congo, Malawi, western Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and western Kenya.

Taxonomy

Monotypic.

Habitat

Woodland and savanna.

Behaviour

Forages in dense vegetation for fruit, nectar and insects. Hawks for termite alates.

Breeding

Nests solitarily, or in small groups. The male weaves a kidney-shaped nest with a short entrance tube, using coarse grass, usually over water. One to three eggs are incubated by the female for 14-15 days. Parasitised by Dideric Cuckoo.

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