WEAVERS

Order Passeriformes    Family Ploceidae

Weavers are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills, most of which breed in sub-Saharan Africa, with fewer species in tropical Asia and also in Australia. The weaver group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black, some species show variation in colour only in the breeding season. Weaver get their name because of their elaborately woven nests. The nests vary in size, shape, material used, and construction techniques from species to species. Materials used for building nests include fine leaf-fibers, grass, and twigs. Most species weave nests that have narrow entrances, facing downward. The weavers are gregarious birds which often breed colonially. Usually the male birds weave the nests and use them as a form of display to lure prospective females.



Genus Amblyospiza - 1 species

Weaver, Thick-billed also Grosbeak Weaver  Amblyospiza albifron  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Arno Meintjes  4) Dick Daniels - Johannesburg, South Africa
1, 2) Female  3, 4) Male



Genus Anaplectes - 1 species

Weaver, Red-headed  Anaplectes rubriceps  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Dick Daniels near Kruger National Park, South Africa 
1, 2) Female  3, 4, 5) Male




Genus Bubalornis

Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo- Bubalornis niger   Found: Africa
Image by:  1) Darren Bellerby - Kruger National Park, South Africa  2, 3, 4) Dick Daniels - Tanzania  



Genus Dinemellia - 1 species

Weaver, White-headed Buffalo- Dinemellia dinemelli   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Tanzania  2) Dick - Jacksonville Zoo, Florida   3) Dick - San Diego Zoo   4) Steve Garvie - Bufalo Springs NP, Kenya.



Genus Euplectes

Bishop, Black  Euplectes gierowii   Found: Africa 
Image by: 1, 2) Martin Grimm


Bishop, Black-winged
  also Black-winged Red Bishop  Euplectes hordeaceus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden, South Africa 


Bishop, Orange   also  Northern Red Bishop  Euplectes franciscanus  Found: North America (escapees), Africa (north of equator)
Similar to Red Bishop. The Orange Bishop and Red Bishop were once considered the same species. Orange Bishop is usually found north of the equator and Red Bishop south of the equator. The black on the male Orange Bishop's head tends to extend further back than that of the Red Bishop.
Image by: 1) Nathan Rupert - San Diego, California  2) Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be  3) Steve Garvie - The Gambia  4) Trisha Shears - Binder Park Zoo 
1) Female  2, 3, 4) Male


Bishop, Red also Southern Red Bishop  Euplectes orix  Found: Africa  (south of equator)
Similar to Orange Bishop. The Orange Bishop and Red Bishop were once considered the same species. Orange Bishop is usually found north of the equator and Red Bishop south of the equator. The black on the male Orange Bishop's head tends to extend further back than that of the Red Bishop.
Image by: 1, 2) Derek Keats - South Africa 3) JJ Harrison - The Bird Walk aviary in Australia  4) Craig Adam - South Africa   5) Dick Daniels in Oudtshoorn, South Africa  6) Dick between Swellendam and De Hook, South Africa
1, 2) Female  3, 4, 5, 6) Male


Bishop, Zanzibar  also Zanzibar Red Bishop  Euplectes nigroventris  Found: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania
Image by: Dick Daniels - Butterfly World, Florida


Widow, Yellow-rumped  also Yellow Bishop  Euplectes capensis  Found: Africa
Image by:  1) Darren Bellerby - Kenya  2, 3) Dick Daniels - South Africa   4) Joseph Mochoge - Kenya
1) Female 2, 3, 4) Male


Widowbird, Long-tailed   Euplectes progne   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya   3, 4, 5) Joseph Mochoge - Gilgil, Kenya   5) Martin Heigan  6) Ecologyweb
1, 2) Female  3 - 6) Male


Widowbird, Marsh  Euplectes hartlaubi  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya
1) Male


Widowbird, Red-collared  Euplectes ardens  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2, 3) Dave Curtis - Kenya


Widowbird, White-winged Euplectes albonotatus  Found: Africa (south of Sahara)
Image by: 1) Ross Tsai - Uganda  2) Joseph Mochoge - Eburu Kenya   3) Renke Rommerskirchen - South Africa  4)  Ian White - Botswana   5) Tude e Joao - Botswana




Genus Foudia

Fody, Forest  Foudia omissa  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Ross Tsai  2) Gail Hampshire


Fody, Madagascar  also  Red Fody  Foudia madagascariensis  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Trisha Shears - Louisville Zoo  2) Keepps
1) Male 


Fody, Red-headed  Foudia eminentissima  Found: Madagascar, Comoros, Mayotte, Seychelles.
Image by: 1) Josephe Huet  2) SaveTheWild



Genus Histurgops- 1 species

Weaver, Rufous-tailed Histurgops ruficaudus   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya 2) Profberger - Tanzania  3, 4, 5) Dick - Tanzania




Genus Malimbus

Malimbe, Red-headed  Malimbus rubricollis  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Tom Tarrant - Uganda



Genus Philetairus - 1 species

Weaver, Sociable  Philetairus socius  Found: southern Africa
Image by: Andy Cowley - Namibia



Genus Plocepasser
The Sparrow-weavers.

Weaver, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Plocepasser donaldsoni  Found: Africa
Image by Steve Garvie - Samburu NP, Kenya


Weaver, White-browed Sparow- Plocepasser mahali  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2, 3) Dick - Nairobi National Park   4, 5) Carol Foil - Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Kenya 




Genus Ploceus

Weaver, African Golden  Ploceus subaureus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1)  Cessna 206 - Zanzibar


Weaver, Baglafecht Ploceus baglafecht   Found: Africa
Image by:  1, 8) Dick Daniels - Nairobi National Park, Kenya   2, 5)  Carol Foil - Kenya   3, 4,  7) Dick - San Diego Zoo   6) Darren Bellerby - Kenya  9) Joseph Mochoge - Gilgil, Kenya
1) Juvenile  2, 3) Female  5 - 9) Male




Weaver, Black-headed  Ploceus melanocephalus  Found: Europe, Africa
Image by: 1, 2) Joseph Mochoge - Kenya   3) Darren Bellerby - Kenya  4) Tom Tarrant - Uganda
4) Male


Weaver, Black-necked  Ploceus nigricollis  Found; Africa
Image by: 1, 3) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Peter Steward - Kenya    4) Simon Tonge
1, 2) Female  3, 4) Male


Weaver, Cape  Ploceus capensis  Endemic to South Africa
Image by:  1, 2) Dick Daniels - Oudshoorn, South Africa  3) Arno Meintjes  4) Dick - Plettenberg Bay, South Africa  5, 6, 7, 8) Dick- Swaziland  9) Dick - Birds of Eden, South Africa  10) Cristiano Crolle - West Coast National Park, South Africa
1, 2) Female  3 - 9) Male




Weaver, Chestnut  Ploceus rubiginosus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Carol Foil - Archers Post, Rift Valley, Kenya  2) Garvin Goodhart
1) Female


Weaver, Clarke's  Ploceus golandi  Found: Kenya
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya


Weaver, Fox's  Ploceus spekeoides  Found: Uganda
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya


Weaver, Golden Palm  Ploceus bojeri  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Thierry Marysael  2, 3) Carol Foil- Archers Post, Rift Valley, Kenya


Weaver, Heuglin's Masked  Ploceus heuglini  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Nigel Voaden
Female on left; male on right.


Weaver, Holub's Golden  also Large Golden-weaver  Ploceus xanthops  Found: Africa
Image by DIck Daniels - South Africa


Weaver, Lesser Masked  Ploceus intermedius  Found: Africa
Image by:  1, 2) Dick Daniels - Plettenburg Bay, South Africa  3, 4) Dick - Birds of Eden, South Africa   5,  6,  7, 8)  Dick - luhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
1) Juvenile and female  2) Juvenile  3 - 8) Male


Weaver, Nelicourvi  Ploceus nelicourvi  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Marcus Lilje    2) Kristian Svensson


Weaver, Orange  Ploceus aurantius  Found: Africa
The breeding male Orange Weaver has mainly orange plumage; black beak. Female and nonbreeding male have mainly brownish upperparts; cream-colored underparts.

Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Michael and Helen Cox


Weaver, Sakalava  Ploceus sakalava  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8) Dick Daniels - near Isalo, Madagascar  5) David Cook  6) Ross Tsai 
1, 2, 3) Female  5 - 8) Male


Weaver, Southern Brown-throated  Ploceus xanthopterus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2) Jerry Oldenettel - near Shalsowe, Botswana


Weaver, Southern Masked-  Ploceus velatus  Found: southern Africa
Image by: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Dick Daniels - Jonannesburg, South Africa   7) Derek Keats
1 - 4) Female 5, 6, 7) Male


Weaver, Spectacled  Ploceus ocularis  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Alan Manson - South Africa


Weaver, Speke's Ploceus spekei   Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 7) Joseph Mochoge - Eburu Kenya  2, 6) Dick Daniels - Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara, Kenya  3, 4) Dick Daniels - Tanzania   5) Carol Foil - Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
1) Juvenile male 3 - 7) Male



Weaver, Taveta-Golden Ploceus castaneiceps  Found: Africa (Kenya, Tanzaniz)
IImage by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Trisha Shears - Binder Park Zoo   3) Dick - National Aviary   4) Sandy Cole - National Aviary 


Weaver, Village  also  Black-headed Weaver  Ploceus cucullatus Found: Africa
Ploceus melanocephalus is also called Black-headed Weaver. To avoid confusion, Ploceus cucullatus should only be called Village Weaver.
Image by: 1) Silvain de Munck - Rotterdam Zoo   2) Alan Fossé   3) LaurentEchiniscus - Reunion Island   4) Hauke Koch    5, 6, 7) Dick Daniels - Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara, Kenya
1) Breeding female  2) Eclipse female  3) Nonbreeding female  4 - 7) Male


Weaver, Vitelline Masked Ploceus vitellinus   Found: Africa
Image by:  1, 2, 3) Dick Daniels - Tanzania  
1) Female  2, 3) Male


Weaver, Weyns's  Ploceus weynsi  Found: Congo, Tanzania, Uganda
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) C Pedro
1, 2) Male


Genus Pseudonigrita

Weaver, Black-capped Social Pseudonigrita cabanisi   Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Tanzania   2) Dick - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya   3, 4) Steve Garvie  - Buffalo Springs NP, Kenya. 
1) Female  2 - 4) Male


Weaver, Grey-capped Social also Grey-headed Social Weaver Pseudonigrita arnaudi   Found: Africa
Image by:  1, 2) Dick Daniels - Tanzania   3) Steve Garvie - Kenya  4, 5) Dick - Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara, Kenya




Genus Quelea

Quelea, Red-billed  Quelea quelea   Found: Africa
Image by:   1, 2) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden, South Africa (Identifed by Charlie Westerinen)  3) 4) Charlie Westerinen - Namibia
1, 2, 3) Female   



Genus Sporopipes

Finch, Scaly-feathered also Scaly Weaver  Sporopipes squamifrons  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Jerry Oldenettel - Namibia


Weaver, Speckle-fronted Sporopipes frontalis   Found: Africa
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Dick Daniels - slightly north of Masai Mara, Kenya   4) Dick - Tanzania  





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