French: Tisserin baya German: Bayaweber Spanish: Tejedor baya
Philippines; error = Sri Lanka
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. philippinus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Indian Baya Weaver – Pakistan (mostly on Indus floodplain), most of India (except SW), S Nepal and Sri Lanka.
P. p. travancoreensis
Ali & Whistler, 1936 – SW India (from Goa S to Kerala and Travancore).
P. p. burmanicus
Ticehurst, 1932 – NE India (West Bengal, Assam), S Bhutan, Bangladesh, N Myanmar and extreme S China (SW Yunnan).
P. p. angelorum
Deignan, 1956 – N & C Thailand E to S Laos.
P. p. infortunatus
E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – Oriental Baya Weaver – S Myanmar (Tenasserim), W & S Thailand, Cambodia, S Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Nias I, Java and Bali.
15 cm; 18–28 g. Medium-sized weaver. Male nominate race breeding has forehead and crown yellow becoming browner on nape, with mantle and back feathers dark brown... read more
Song a series of chittering notes, followed by a wheezy whistle, a buzz and finally some chirps,... read more
Grassland, scrub with scattered trees, mangroves and cultivated areas; generally open country near... read more
Food and feeding
Diet seeds, including those of Phalaris minor, Echinochloa colonum, Pennisetum typhoideum, cultivated rice (... read more
Season May–Sept in Pakistan, Apr–Oct in India (local variation depending on monsoon rainfall, while timing of male sexual... read more
Altitudinal migrant in Himalayas, moving to lower levels in winter months. Elsewhere resident,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and often locally abundant. Less common in Sundas, where formerly common but now greatly reduced in numbers; possibly extinct in E Java... read more
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