Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Near Threatened

Olive-headed Weaver (Ploceus olivaceiceps)


Taxonomy

French: Tisserin à tête olive German: Olivkopfweber Spanish: Tejedor cabeciverde
Taxonomy:

Symplectes olivaceiceps

Reichenow

, 1899,

Songea, Tanzania

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In the past considered conspecific with P. nicolli. Isolated population in S Mozambique sometimes separated as race vicarius, defined as shorter-winged and paler in coloration than birds farther N, but original description based on an inadequate comparative sample. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution:

N, W & S Tanzania, E Zambia, C & S Malawi and NW & S Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 17–24 g. Male has forehead golden-yellow with buff wash, crown golden-yellow, passing into olive-yellow on nape; upperparts olive, rump with yellow wash;... read more

Voice

Song a short phrase with last 4 notes in a descending cadence, "tzee-twa-twa-twa". Contact calls... read more

Habitat

Mature miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, where Usnea lichen abundant; to 1700 m.

Food and feeding

Diet primarily insects, including butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera) and small wasps (Hymenoptera... read more

Breeding

Breeds in Oct in Zambia, Sept–Oct in Malawi and Aug–Oct in Mozambique. Mono­gamous, pair-members remaining together... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon. Total population estimated at 20,000 pairs in 1998. Thought to be suffering a population decline... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Olive-headed Weaver (Ploceus olivaceiceps). 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/61059 on 22 October 2017).