- Ploceus xanthopterus
15 cm (6 in)
Breeding adult male: Bright yellow with a chestnut face, and throat; chestnut does not extend onto the forecrown (as it does in Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Rueppell's Weaver and Cape Weaver). The eyes are dull reddish brown.
Ploceus xanthopterus has three subspecies:
- P. x. castaneigula
- P. x. xanthopterus
- P. x. marleyi
Forest and scrub; breeds in reedbeds.
Their diet consists mostly of seeds, berries, flowers and insects.
A soft zweek, zweek and a swizzling song.
Polygynous and territorial. Males may breed singly or in colonies of up to 300 nests. Builds a rather untidy nest over water in reedbeds; the nest has no entrance tube. Two to three eggs are incubated for 14-17 days by the female. The nestling period is 14-19 days; young are fed by the female only.
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