French: Tisserin minule German: Zwergweber Spanish: Tejedor chico
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, C & S Mali, Burkina Faso and N Ivory Coast E to N Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, W Ethiopia, Eritrea, NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
12 cm; 11–15 g. Very small weaver. Male breeding has black face mask covering forehead, crown to just behind eye, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat, extending as bib... read more
Song introduced by plaintive musical tones, "sweetiswiswi" or "chip-wop-weep-wop-wop-weep-wip-wop-... read more
Savanna woodland with large acacia trees (Acacia), also more open and arid scrubland;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds and insects. Stomach contents included beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera). Forages usually in acacias and other... read more
Breeds in Jun–Oct in Mauritania and Gambia, May–Nov in Senegal, Aug–Oct in Mali (from Jul in S), Jul–Oct in Ghana,... read more
Resident; some seasonal movements related to rainfall in Mauritania and Nigeria, but in other parts... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; less common or even scarce at edges of range, e.g. Mauritania.
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