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Kilombero Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Ploceus burnieri


14-15 cm. Medium-sized, green-and-yellow weaver. Breeding male: Crown, nape and underparts bright yellow. Contrasting, small black mask extends only to eye and onto throat, narrowly bordered by chestnut. Dark eye.

Female and non-breeding male: Dull version of breeding male, lacks black face. Black bill. Brownish-flesh legs.

Similar species

Northern Masked-Weaver P. taeniopterus less bright golden-yellow, more chestnut around black mask.


Restricted to the floodplain of the Kilombero river, Tanzania.




Reedbeds and adjacent scrub.


Classified as Vulnerable in the 2008 IUCN Red List.1


The diet includes flowering and fruiting grass-heads, as well as dried fish and domestic refuse.

Nests are in loose groups of up to 20 (occasionally 30), each being attached to a single reed-stem, frequently overhanging water, in areas of seasonal flooding. Clutch-size is apparently 1-21.


  1. BirdLife International. 2008. Species factsheet: Ploceus burnieri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 8/11/2008.
  2. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299

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