French: Tisserin jaune German: Goldweber Spanish: Tejedor dorado africano
Other common names:
Eastern Golden Weaver
Algoa Bay, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. aureoflavus
A. Smith, 1839 – SE Kenya (S from R Tana), coastal Tanzania (including Zanzibar), E Malawi and N Mozambique; a single record of a male nest-building in S Somalia#R.
P. s. subaureus
A. Smith, 1839 – C & S Mozambique S along coast to extreme E Swaziland and SE South Africa.
15 cm; male 30–39 g, female 22–31 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown, cheek and ear-coverts yellow, nape and upperparts greenish-yellow... read more
Song an extended, rolling, swizzling sound introduced with short notes "tsip tsip... read more
Coastal plains, low-lying river valleys and river floodplains; primarily within 50 km of coast, but... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds, including rice (Oryza); also insects, regularly alate termites (Isoptera). Adults also took anthers of Nicotiana... read more
Breeds Oct–Feb in Malawi; in Mozambique, Apr in C region and Sept–Feb in S; Sept–Feb in South Africa. Probably polygynous... read more
Presumed resident; possibly irregular breeding visitor to E Swaziland. Of 13 recoveries of ringed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Estimated population in S Mozambique more than 20,000 birds and in C Mozambique at least 2000. Single record from S Somalia,... read more
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