French: Tisserin de Pelzeln German: Mönchsweber Spanish: Tejedor de Pelzeln
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. monacha
(Sharpe, 1890) – Sierra Leone and S Ivory Coast E along coast to W Cameroon, also riverine Gabon, Congo and W & S DRCongo, NW Angola and NW Zambia.
P. p. pelzelni
(Hartlaub, 1887) – NE DRCongo, Uganda, SW Kenya, NW Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
11 cm; 10–16 g. Very small weaver. Male nominate race has black forehead, crown to just behind eye, lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat, black extending onto... read more
Song of chattering and swizzling calls, with whistled "si-si-si" interspersed between... read more
Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) and other tall waterside vegetation near lakes and other wetland... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily insects, with caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and ants (Formicidae) noted in stomach contents; in Cameroon, 32 stomachs all... read more
Breeds in Jul–Aug in Ghana, Jun–Sept in Togo, May–Oct in Nigeria, Jan–Feb, Apr–Jun and Aug–Nov in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to not uncommon; very common in parts of E Africa. Has been recorded in Sierra Leone and possibly Liberia.
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