Black-headed Weaver

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Common Name: Black-headed Weaver

Scientific Name: Ploceus cucullatus

Size: 6.5 inches (17cm)

Habitat: Africa; Cape Verde Island, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, South Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Somalia, Congo Zaire, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Eastern South Africa. Lives in savannahs, forest clearings, swamps and towns.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common over much of its range.

Diet: Seed and insects.

Breeding: Males create tightly woven nests. 2-3 eggs are laid.

Cool Facts: Weavers are common birds of the open bush and wooded areas and very gregarious. They have adapted well to humans and often nest in villages and towns. They form large colonies with multiple nests hanging from trees.

Males build tightly woven nests hanging from trees. Females then choose the best nest builders as their mates, hoping to pass on the good nest building genes to her offspring.

The weaver’s call includes harsh buzzes and chattering. While it does raid farmland for seed, it equally eats the insects that destroy the crops, so farmers tolerate their intrusions.


Found in Songbird ReMix Africa

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