French: Tisserin orangé German: Königsweber Spanish: Tejedor anaranjado
#R, Malembo, Cabinda, Angola.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. aurantius
(Vieillot, 1808) – SE Sierra Leone E along coast (including some offshore islets) to SE Ghana, S Togo, S Benin#R and S & SE Nigeria, W & S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon (coast and Ivindo Basin), S Central African Republic, Congo (mainly coast and R Congo region), coast and rivers in DRCongo (E discontinuously to upper Uele and Semliki Valley, and middle R Sankuru), and coastal N Angola (Cabinda S to Luanda).
P. a. rex
Neumann, 1908 – S Uganda, extreme W Kenya and NW Tanzania in L Victoria Basin.
14 cm; 21–29 g. Male nominate race has head to nape and breast orange, black loral line; mantle and back olive-green, rump orange-yellow, tail olive-brown; upperwing... read more
Song a rambling series of notes, musical in quality, lacking harshness of many other weaver songs;... read more
Mangroves, thickets in coastal lagoons and estuaries in W Africa, inland along major rivers;... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit (berries, fruit pulp and seeds in stomach contents); also insects, including adults and eggs of locusts (Acrididae), beetles (... read more
Breeds in Oct–Apr in Liberia, Jun–Jul in Ghana and Togo, Feb, Jun, Sept and Nov–Dec in Nigeria, Oct–Mar in Gabon,... read more
Presumed resident; individuals on offshore islets commute to mainland for foraging.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to not uncommon. Wide distribution, but often localized, and uncommon in many parts.
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