Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Golden-backed Weaver (Ploceus jacksoni)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin à dos d’or German: Jacksonweber Spanish: Tejedor de Jackson
Taxonomy:

Ploceus jacksoni

Shelley

, 1888,

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

.

May hybridize with P. castanops in Uganda. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S South Sudan, Uganda, W & S Kenya, N, C & E Tanzania and Burundi. Introduced in United Arab Emirates.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 22–30 g, female 19–22. Male breeding has entire head to nape and throat black, sharply demarcated from chrome-yellow mantle, becoming greenish-washed... read more

Voice

Song complex, a rambling series of high-pitched hissing notes and low snoring sounds. Short song... read more

Habitat

Primarily in wetland areas, in swamps, ambatch (Aeschynomene elaphroxylon), reeds and... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds recorded; presumably also insects, as it uses prying action of bill.

Breeding

Breeds Feb–Jun and Oct–Dec (peak of laying Apr–May) in Uganda, Mar–Jun in Kenya, and Sept and Nov–Jun in... read more

Movements

Presumed resident; irruptive movements reported in response to heavy rainfall. Male in Kenya... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Outside natural range, has bred in United Arab Emirates since 1992, presumably as a result of accidental escape of captives.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Golden-backed Weaver (Ploceus jacksoni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61015 on 21 October 2017).