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Vitelline Masked Weaver
12-14 cm (4½-5¼ in)
Female and non-breeding male are olive above and yellow below, sometimes with a reddish eye. Juveniles similar with paler belly.
 Similar Species
Very similar to Southern Masked Weaver but their ranges do not overlap. Vitelline's bill and mask are smaller than in other masked weavers and the mask is neatly rounded on the throat.
Africa. Southwest Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, southern Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana east to southern Chad, northern Central African Republic, southern and eastern Sudan, South Sudan, northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo, central and southern Ethiopia, northwest and southern Somalia, northwest Uganda and north-central Kenya south to central Tanzania.
Two subspecies usually recognized.
Dry savanna woodland and arid scrubland.
Includes seeds and insects, also nectar from Leonotis nepetifolia; birds will bite flowers off at base to steal nectar.
They are polygynous nesting in small colonies in trees. The male builds an onion shaped nest from woven green grass. Clutch of 2-4 variable blue-white, pink-white or greenish, white eggs sometimes with fine black spotting, others with red or violet flecks.
Song is a dry sputtering squeaky trill, interspersed with rasps, whistles and chirps.
Nomadic flocks form in non-breeding season. Movements likely, influenced by food supply.
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