Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Vulnerable

Kilombero Weaver (Ploceus burnieri)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin de Burnier German: Kilomberoweber Spanish: Tejedor de Kilombero
Taxonomy:

Ploceus burnieri

N. E. Baker and E. M. Baker

, 1990,

Kilombero River, Tanzania

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SC Tanzania (R Kilombero floodplain).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; male 17–21 g, female 14–17 g. Male breeding has yellow head, washed tawny-orange on forehead and crown, lores, cheek, chin and throat black with chestnut-... read more

Voice

Song reported as rambling, including chips and squeaks. Contact call "chuk", harsher in alarm.

Habitat

Seasonally flooded grasslands in river floodplain, below 300 m; occurs in extensive riverside... read more

Food and feeding

Grass seeds recorded in stomach contents; dried fish and domestic refuse also taken. Forages in groups; seen to feed on the ground before... read more

Breeding

Breeds Dec–Feb. Probably polygynous. Colonial, with up to 30 nests together, but solitary nests also noted. Nest oval, with downward-... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Kilombero Floodplain Secondary Area. Locally common. Has very small global range, limited to area of less than 1500 km2 in... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Kilombero Weaver (Ploceus burnieri). 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/61036 on 22 October 2017).