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Taveta Golden Weaver

Ploceu castaneiceps

Family:

Ploceidae, weaver family

Conservation Status:

Least concern, IUCN

Distribution:

Southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania

Habitat:

Bulrushes, woodland, and swampy areas

Factoid:

Taveta golden weavers have strong claws and bills which enables the birds to weave complex nests.

Taveta golden weavers are small birds with short, heavy beaks. Males are bright yellow with greenish wings and tail and chestnut patches on the nape and chest. They keep their bright plumage all year. Females are yellowish-olive with dusky streaks and pale yellow under-parts. They have a yellow stripe above each eye. Even though they are considered songbirds, the sounds the bird makes are not pleasing to most humans. These birds live in large groups, or colonies.

Weavers get their name from the elaborate, woven nests that they build. Each strand in a weaver’s nest is carefully woven into place, so that it is difficult to pull out even a single strand. Males build woven nests, sometimes with several chambers and a long entrance tunnel. Nests can sometimes fill an entire tree; the weaver usually breeds within the colonies. Females line the inside of the nest with grass or other soft material. Sometimes a single pair builds their own nest, or pairs may join together to build a large, elaborate nest with many apartment-like chambers. They lay 2-3 olive green eggs in each clutch. Females catch insects or other live prey to feed to their chicks.

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