Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin du Katanga German: Katangaweber Spanish: Tejedor de Katanga
Taxonomy:

Sitagra velata katangae

Verheyen

, 1947,

Musosa, Zambia

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Usually considered conspecific with P. upembae; see that species (above). In the past often considered conspecific with P. velatus, P. ruweti, P. reichardi and P. vitellinus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE DRCongo (R Luapula) and N & W sectors of NE Zambia (from L Mweru and Nkamba S to Bangweulu area).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–21 g. Small weaver. Male nominate race breeding has black forehead, lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat, extending to breast as a bib; crown saffron-... read more

Voice

Song an extended chatter. "Chuk" contact calls.

Habitat

Wetlands and riverine vegetation with extensive reedbeds and papyrus (Cyperus papyrus);... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Diet presumably seeds, at times supplemented with insects.

Breeding

Breeds Jan–Mar in DRCongo and Sept–Oct and Mar in Zambia. Presumably polygynous. In small colonies, but solitary nests also... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Taxonomic status unclear, but very localized distribution and population numbers unknown. Occurs in several protected areas in Zambia.

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Katanga Masked Weaver (Ploceus katangae). 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/61027 on 22 October 2017).