- Ploceus intermedius
Length 13-14 cm (5-5½ in)
Adult male: A pale-eyed masked weaver; the black mask extends onto the front half of the crown, and has a notch above the eye. Male has a black bill.
Adult female has a pale pinkish-grey bill.
All adults have the greyish legs, but very young juveniles can have pink legs. Juveniles in addition have dark eyes
There are three subspecies:1
- P. i. intermedius
- P. i. beattyi
- Arid coastal western Angola
- P. i. cabanisii
Open woodland close to water.
Forages in tree canopy for insects and nectar. Also eats flowers, fruit and small seeds.
Colonial breeder. It makes a round nest from grass, with an entrance at the bottom. Two to four eggs are incubated for 13 days by the female. Parasitised by Dideric Cuckoo and (rarely) Klaas's Cuckoo.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
- Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
- Birdforum thread discussing ID of this species versus Vitelline Weaver
- Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Lesser Masked Weaver. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Lesser_Masked_Weaver