French: Tisserin noir German: Vieillotweber Spanish: Tejedor de Vieillot
Other common names:
“Kingdom of Congo“
SE Nigeria, S Cameroon, S Central African Republic and extreme S South Sudan, S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DRCongo, and N Angola (including Cabinda), also S Uganda, extreme W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW & W Tanzania.
17 cm; 25–42 g. Male nominate race has completely black plumage; iris yellow; bill black; legs greyish to pinkish-brown. Female dull greenish on upperparts, with narrow... read more
Song a sputtering and chattering phrase; short song "chrrr-szee-zuit", given during... read more
Forest clearings, often in villages, wooded regions and tall-grass savanna; closely associated with... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), winged ants (Formicidae), alate termites (Isoptera), caterpillars and butterflies... read more
Breeds Jan in Gambia, Feb in Guinea, Feb–Apr and Aug–Nov in Liberia, Jan–Jul in Ghana, Feb and Sept–Oct in Togo,... read more
Presumed resident; may move far from colonies to forage.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant through most of range; rare in Gambia. Often closely associated with people. After P. cucullatus, this is the most common ploceid... read more
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