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Nelicourvi Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Photo by balticbird
Perinet, Madagascar
Ploceus nelicourvi


Photo by rdavis
Andasibe National Park, Madagascar, November 2011

15 cm. A distinctive Weaver.

  • Black helmet
  • Plain olive-green upperparts and upperwing
  • Brownish-green tail
  • Black chin
  • Yellow throat to chest, extending as yellow band around nape (sometimes washed orange there)
  • Narrow olive collar across upper breast
  • Grey lower breast, belly, flanks and thighs
  • Rufous-chestnut undertail-coverts

Females are similar but black on head is replaced by yellow, except for dark grey lores.
Juveniles have a greenish head with some yellow above the head and on throat and are generally duller than females.


Endemic to eastern and northern Madagascar.
Locally common to fairly common.


This is a monotypic species.
Probably forms a superspecies with Sakalava Weaver and is sometimes considered conspecific with it.


Moist lowland primary and secondary forests. Also at forest edge and in gardens of villages close to forest.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1950m.



Feeds on insects and other arthropods like spiders. Takes probably also small fruits.
Moves through trees from canopy to lower levels, hangs below twigs and creepers while probing crevices. Forages usually singly or in pairs, often in mixed-species flocks with [[Long-billed Bernieria]s and other species.


Breeding season September to December. A monogamous species. Solitary breeding, nests widely separated. The nest is a bulky structure with an entrance tunnel leading to the oval nest-chamber. It's made of grass and palm fibres and placed 2 to 7 m above the ground, often suspendend over a stream, a path or a clearing. Lays 2 to 4 eggs.


Probably a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2010. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 15: Weavers to New World Warblers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553682

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