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Southern Masked Weaver

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Photo by Max HoldtWindhoek, Namibia, November 2005
Photo by Max Holdt
Windhoek, Namibia, November 2005
Ploceus velatus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto by AHHJohannesburg, South Africa, October 2007
Photo by AHH
Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2007

Length: 13 cm (5 in), mass 29-45 g. Males larger than females
Breeding male: Black face, throat and beak, red eye, bright yellow head and underparts, plain yellowish-green back, short, strong, conical bill and pink brown legs.
Adult female and non-breeding male: Pink-brown bill (not grey contra one field guide), brown or red-brown eye. Upper parts yellow-olive, streaked darker on the upper back, yellow throat fading to off-white on the belly. The non-breeding male resembles the female but retains the red eye.
Juvenile: Similar to the female.

[edit] Similar species

Some Village Weavers have a black mask similar to the mask of this species, but they do not have black above the bill.

[edit] Distribution

Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola
Eastern Africa: Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Swaziland.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

JuvenilePhoto by mikemikTarangire park, Tanzania, April 2018
Photo by mikemik
Tarangire park, Tanzania, April 2018
Photo by rony_roshtovEtosha, Namibia, October 2005
Photo by rony_roshtov
Etosha, Namibia, October 2005

Six subspecies[1]:

  • P. v. velatus:
  • Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State
  • P. v. nigrifrons:
  • P. v. tahatali:
  • P. v. shelleyi:
  • P. v. caurinus:
  • P. v. finschi:

Subspecies tahatali, shelleyi, caurinu and finschi are not recognised by all authorities[2].

[edit] Habitat

Shrubland, savanna, grassland, coastal fynbos, open woodland, inland wetlands, semi-desert areas, suburban gardens, and parks.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects, seeds and nectar, and it will come to feeding tables.

[edit] Breeding

They nest singly or in small colonies, mainly from September to January. The males build up to 15 nests in a season and have several female partners. The nests are woven from reed, palm or grass and built in a tree or in reeds. A female selects a nest and lines it with soft grass and feathers. One to six eggs are incubated for 12-14 days by the female.

Parasitised by Dideric Cuckoo.

[edit] 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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