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Speke's Weaver

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


[edit] Identification

Building nestPhoto © by Vernon Lundy Yabello, Ethiopia, July 2010
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.

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Savanna, bush, agricultural land, and towns.

[edit] Behaviour

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

[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

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