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Northern Masked Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo by nkgray
Soi Safari Lodge, Lake Baringo, Kenya, September 2010
Ploceus taeniopterus

Identification

Breeding male: Black facial mask extends down into the upper breast and above the eye. The black mask is edged chestnut, merging to yellow on the hindcrown, sides of the neck and underparts.

Distribution

Sudan, western and southwestern Ethiopia, South Sudan, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and western Kenya.

Taxonomy

Female
Photo by nkgray
Soi Safari Lodge, Lake Baringo, Kenya, September 2010

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Semi-arid savanna.

Behaviour

It is gregarious, nesting in colonies of up to 100 pairs, at the waters edge and is generally during or close to the rains.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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