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Vieillot's Weaver

From Opus

Alternative name: Vieillot's Black Weaver

Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck Entebbe, Uganda, March 2008
Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Entebbe, Uganda, March 2008
Ploceus nigerrimus


[edit] Identification

Length 15-16 cm.

Adult male: A black weaver with a pale yellow eye (in eastern and central Africa). In western Africa, has a chestnut-brown back, rump and belly. Maxwell's Black Weaver has a pale grey eye, is slightly smaller, and is found in the forest canopy.

Adult female: Dark olive, streaked darker above, with pale eyes.

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto by dacolBusimba, Western Uganda, July 2015
Photo by dacol
Busimba, Western Uganda, July 2015

Africa: Guinea to northern Angola, western Tanzania and western Kenya.

[edit] Taxonomy

Ploceus nigerrimus has two subspecies:1

  • P. n. castaneofuscus
  • P. n. nigerrimus

[edit] Habitat

Forest edge, secondary growth and villages.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of insects such as grasshoppers, flying ants, termites, caterpillars and butterflies.

[edit] Breeding

They breed in colonies, often with Village Weaver.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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