French: Tisserin à tête jaune German: Schwarzbauchweber Spanish: Tejedor piquinegro
Mount Cameroon, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Cameroon.
Races differ clearly in plumage. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. melanogaster
Shelley, 1887 – Western Black-billed Weaver – SE Nigeria, SW Cameroon and Bioko.
P. m. stephanophorus
(Sharpe, 1891) – Eastern Black-billed Weaver – S highlands of South Sudan (Imatong, Dongotoma, Didinga, Acholi); E DRCongo and adjacent W Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi; and E Uganda and adjoining areas of WC Kenya.
14 cm; 20–28 g. Male nominate race has most of head golden-yellow, cheek and ear-coverts washed with orange-brown, sometimes extending to chin and throat, lores black... read more
Song of clear ringing notes followed by drawn-out snoring sound, "da du da du dzirr", described as... read more
Montane forest, from 550 m to 2450 m (mainly 1000–2200 m) in Cameroon and at 1500–3000... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily insects, including ants (Formicidae), alate termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), cicadas (Cicadidae); stomach contents... read more
Breeds in Dec in Nigeria, Oct–Jan (mainly Dec) in Cameroon, Jan on Bioko I, Nov–Mar and Aug in Sudan, Dec–Jan, Oct–... read more
Presumed resident; seasonal altitudinal movements possible on some mountains.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reasonably common in Cameroon Highlands; fairly common to uncommon elsewhere, but reportedly shy and difficult to observe. Old records of race ... read more
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