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Photo © by Steve G
Lower slopes of Mount kenya, Kenya, March 2006
Ploceus spekei


Building nest
Photo © by Vernon Lundy
Yabello, Ethiopia, July 2010

15 cm (6 in)
Yellow, black throat edged with rust, face, and bill, and variable black mottling on the back. Female - upperparts are olive-grey with dusky brown streaks; the underparts are pale yellow, whiter on the belly and greyer on the flanks.
The juvenile is similar but duller.


East Africa, eastern Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Savanna, bush, agricultural land, and towns.


It builds a spherical nest of grass, with a short entrance tube opening sidewasys or downward. 4 deep blue eggs are laid.


  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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