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Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Mabamba - Uganda
Ploceus aurantius

Identification

Mottled brownish tan when out of season. In season the collar and back of the neck, tail and wings change to a brilliant orange. The breast and abdomen and top of he head and face change to shiny black. The bill also becomes dense black. Hens do not change colour.


Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Kenya.

Taxonomy

They are closely related also to the African whydahs, and some ornithologists place non-parasitic species of whydah in the weaver family.

Habitat

Behaviour

It makes a densely woven and intricately knotted deep cup-like nest with a reinforced circular opening on one side.

The diet is highly insectivorous.

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